Below are the Significant changes for 2017. This is based on the 58th Edition first print of the DGR IATA book
Section 2 Limitations
2.6 Excepted Quantities
2.6.5 Packing : The packing provisions have been revised to allow for the absorbent material to be either in the intermediate packaging, or the outer packaging for liquid dangerous goods.
There are a number of additions, deletions and amendments to variations submitted by operators. Especially for Lithium batteries
188.8.131.52.1 Infected Live Animals
Live animals must not be used to consign infectious substances unless such a substance cannot be consigned by any other means. A live animal that has been intentionally infected and is known or suspected to contain an infectious substance may only be transported by air under terms and conditions approved by the appropriate national authority of the States of origin, transit, destination and operator in accordance with the Supplement to the Technical Instructions (Part S‐1;2).
4.2—List of Dangerous Goods
• revision to a number of the entries for aerosols to consolidate all aerosols into packing instructions 203 and Y203;
• all entries for lithium batteries, UN 3090, UN 3091, UN 3480 and UN 3481 have been revised to identify that the hazard label has changed to now be the lithium battery Class 9 label. A new Special Provision A206 has also been assigned to reinforce this new requirement;
• 184.108.40.206—Dangerous goods in unit load devices and freight containers. The provisions have been revised to allow for unit load devices (ULD) that contain UN 3373 or ID 8000 to also contain dry ice as a refrigerant.
• PI 954 ‐ may be shipped in a unit load device prepared by a single shipper provided that the shipper has made prior arrangements with the operator
• PI 965—PI 970—Section IB of PI 965 and PI 968 and Section II of all of the lithium battery packing instructions have been revised to remove reference to the need for an additional document to accompany consignments of Section II lithium batteries. As of 1 January 2017 this document is no longer required. The lithium battery handling label, which is required on packages, has been replaced by a new lithium battery mark. The dimensions and colour of the new lithium battery mark are the same as for the lithium battery handling label, but all words have been removed and the UN number(s) is required to be applied. There is a 2‐year transition period until 31 December 2018 to allow shippers to implement the lithium battery mark.
7—Marking & Labelling.
220.127.116.11—The provisions on additional text on hazard labels have been revised to identify that for the new Class 9–Lithium Battery hazard label the only information permitted in the bottom half of the label is the pictogram and the class number.
7.3.18—The specification of the new Class 9–Lithium Battery hazard label has been added as a new Figure
7.3.X. The new hazard label comes into effect as of 1 January 2017 with a 2‐year transitional period during which time either the existing Class 9–Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods hazard label or the new Class 9– Lithium Battery hazard label may be applied to packages containing lithium batteries prepared in accordance with Section I, IA or IB of the lithium battery packing instructions
18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124—Have each been revised to remove the mandatory requirement for title of the signatory and the place that the Shipper's Declaration was signed. This information may still be provided, but is no longer mandatory.