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.
What is new?
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
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