What’s New in IMDG Code 37th Amendment?

IMDG Code 37th amendment will come in print by October 2014. Countries, shipper &, shipping lines can adopt IMDG Code 37th amendment in whole or in part on a voluntary basis as from 1 January 2015. From 1st January 2016 IMDG Code 37th amendment will become mandatory.

2014.06.15 - What’s New in IMDG Code 37th Amendment

New section for Lamps containing dangerous goods in application and implementation sets out conditions for lamps which are not subject to the provisions of IMDG Code.

Addition of International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972, as amended covering Regulations for the testing, inspection, approval and maintenance of containers.

Changes in general provisions concerning radioactive material

Addition of Adsorbed gas under class 2

Changes to assignment of packing group of viscous flammable liquids

Changes to text in Classification of solid substances of class 5.1

Amendments to exemptions under Infectious substances

Various changes in chapter 2.7 for radioactive materials

Changes to proper shipping names for some goods under class 9 and clarification of absence of letter P in column 4 of dangerous goods list. ( Airbags, Seat Belts, Capacitors)

Column 16 stowage and segregation now replaced with column 16a and 16b, Stowage and handling & segregation

Various changes to dangerous goods entries with respect to packing instructions, marine pollutant, special provisions and complete change of column 16 being replaced by stowage, handling and segregation codes.

Addition of new UN Numbers from 3507 to 3526

Changes to many existing and addition of 12 new special provisions

Amendment of limited quantity marking and placarding

Amendment to excepted quantity marking

Amendment to some packing instructions and addition of new packing instructions

New size requirement of OVERPACK marking from 1st Jan 2016

Various changes to labels and placards

Various changes in documentation and fumigation & Coolant/conditioning warning mark

Changes in construction and testing of packagings

Addition of stowage, handling and segregation codes

This post has been initially published in “A Safe Place for Dangerous Goods” website and is reproduced here with the author’s kind permission.


Author - Shashi Kallada Shashi Kallada is 24 years in Merchant Shipping, last 11 years working on Packaged Dangerous Goods. Shashi started his career in merchant ships and sailed for more than a decade. Leaving the sea in 2003, he joined P&O Nedlloyd as a Specialist in Dangerous Goods and later worked with Maersk Line as Manager, Global Dangerous Goods. Currently he is a specialist in conducting training, seminars and providing consultancy in dangerous goods by Rail, Road, River and Sea.

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