Changes for IATA & IMDG Code for 2013

Based on the information available to date, the following are some of the changes that will be in the 2013 editions of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and the IMDG Code.

  • lithium ion batteries > 100 Wh but < 160 Wh may be carried as spare batteries in carry-on baggage
  • portable electronic devices containing batteries should be in carry-on baggage and be protected to prevent short circuits
  • medical devices or equipment that contains or may contain infectious substances are not subject to the regulations provided that the item is packed so that there will not be any leakage
  • packages containing medical devices or equipment must be marked “Used Medical Device” or “Used Medical Equipment”
  • lithium cells and batteries must be of a type proved to meet the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria
  • dangerous goods list additions:
    • UN3496 batteries, nickel metal hydride
    • UN3497 krill meal
    • UN3498 iodine monochloride, liquid
    • UN3499 capacitor
    • UN3500 chemical under pressure, n.o.s.
    • UN3501 chemical under pressure, flammable, n.o.s.
    • UN3502 chemical under pressure, toxic, n.o.s.
    • UN3503 chemical under pressure, corrosive, n.o.s.
    • UN3504 chemical under pressure, flammable, toxic, n.o.s.
    • UN3505 chemical under pressure, flammable, corrosive, n.o.s.
    • UN3506 mercury contained in manufactured articles
  • dangerous goods list deletions:
    • UN3492 toxic by inhalation liquid, corrosive, flammable, n.o.s.
    • UN3493 toxic by inhalation liquid, corrosive, flammable, n.o.s.
  • the excepted quantity code for the various silanes has changed to E0
  • special provision 240 applies to vehicles powered by batteries, such as, scooters, e-bikes, wheelchairs, etc. Hybrid vehicles must be consigned under one of the following: UN 3166 Vehicle, flammable gas powered or UN 3166 Vehicle, flammable liquid powered, as appropriate. Vehicles which contain a fuel cell shall be consigned under the entries UN 3166 Vehicle, fuel cell, flammable gas powered or UN 3166 Vehicle, fuel cell, flammable liquid powered, as appropriate.
  • special provision 304 is now about transporting non-activated batteries
  • special provision 360 is for lithium battery powered vehicles consigned under UN3171
  • special provision 361 is for electric double layer capacitors with energy storage capacity > 0.3 Wh
  • special provision 362 is for liquids, pastes or powders that are pressurized with a propellant
  • special provision 363 is for dangerous goods in equipment where the dangerous goods are in excess of the limited quantity index
  • new packing instructions for chemicals under pressure (et al) UN3500 – UN3505
  • the marking of the identification number on packages must be a minimum of 12 mm in height, including the prefix UN, except for packages of < 30 L/ kg, where the info must be 6 mm in height
  • new warning mark for containers that use dangerous goods for cooling or conditioning purposes
  • for UN0336 and UN0337, the shipping document must include the classification reference issued by the competent authority
  • in addition, there are editorial updates – i.e. punctuation changes, spelling corrections, etc. that are too numerous to list.


Please keep in mind that as of January 1, 2013, the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, 54th Edition, will come into force – no transition period. The IMDG Code, Amendment 35-10 will still be in force for 2013. Amendment 36-12 is optional for 2013, but becomes mandatory in 2014. In other words, 2013 is the transition period for Amendment 36-12.

2013 IATA DGR (54th Edition)
IATA Publications
IMDG Publications



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