Here are some changes in the 2011 DGR that may impact you.
• “Limited Quantity” marking is now required. This has replaced the words “Limited Quantity” on the outer package. In addition, the text “Limited Quantity” is no longer required on the Shipper’s Declaration.
Limited Quantity marking
• List of Dangerous Goods. New packaging instruction numbers for all substances in Classes 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9 and Division 6.1. This is a major change.
• Genetically modified micro-organisms (GMMO) and genetically modified organisms (GMO) are to be packed according to the new Packing Instruction 959 and are not subject to other requirements.
• General packing requirements have changed and now require a secondary means of closure for liquids. For example this could include adhesive tape around a bottle’s lid.
• Packing Instructions. These have been renumbered and reformatted. The maximum net quantity per package, which was formerly only found in the applicable columns of the List of Dangerous Goods (blue pages), is now also included in the applicable Packing Instruction. So you will see both the maximum net quantity for each inner type as well as the complete package in one place. This is a bit of a time saver and should also reduce some confusion.
• Marking and Labeling. The name and address of the shipper and consignee should be on the same surface as the marking for the UN number and proper shipping name. As previously mentioned, limited quantity packages must bear the new marking instead of the words “Limited Quantity”.