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The 2016 DGM World Meeting was held on August 28th-30th in Kraków, Poland. Like every year, representatives of DGM offices all around the world met for two days to discuss the challenges they are facing and find new solutions. It was also a chance to meet old colleagues and friends, and for the newcomers who have recently joined the network, an opportunity to introduce themselves to the veterans.

 World Meeting 2015

Regulations for all modes of transport (IMO IMDG, ICAO TI, ADR, CFR 49, etc...) include a requirement to train the staff related to the transport of dangerous goods. The statements and tables included in all of them are designed around the job title and are subject-matter driven.

As of late, a new paradigm is appearing: Competency-Based Training (CBT).

Competency-Based Training


burning-batteryTransport of lithium batteries has become a "nightmare" in the latest years, considering the increasing number of incidents apparently caused by them. We must realise that there is still a high number of undeclared shipments of lithium batteries.

This article will feature two technological advances in fire containment: Fire Containment Covers (FCC) and Fire Resistant Containers (FRC). Would it be possible to use FCC or FRC to reduce the risk caused by lithium batteries? How do they work?


DGM has been distinguished, for the fourth year in a row, as a Worldwide Top Performing Accredited Training School (ATS) by IATA. This award is given to the ATS across the world that train a higher number of students and present a higher student success rate, thus acknowledging the excellence and quality of their training. During the latest ATS Conference, held in March in Shanghai, China, the top 10 worldwide performing ATS received their certificates.

IATA ATS Certificate DGM 2015

This award is a recognition of the success of all the DGM network. Congratulations to everyone in the DGM family who has made this success possible with their hard work!

GHSThe Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a tool developed by the United Nations to standardize the classification and communication of risks inherent to chemical products, in order to prevent harm to human health or the environment, and to promote international trade.

The GHS contains guidelines on subjects such as the different hazards to health and the environment, testing methodologies, the preparation of Safety Data Sheets or labelling of products. Since its first edition in 2003, it has undergone 5 revisions, the latest in 2013. It is periodically updated every 2 years, so we should expect a new version in 2015.

Every day, thousands of personal care and household products such as nail lacquers, certain medicines and aerosols or perfumes are shipped by air transport. However, do we bear in mind that they can be required to be declared as dangerous goods?


Consumer Commodities air transport

According to IATA DGR 55th Edition, Appendix A, a consumer commodity is defined as “a material which is packed and distributed in a form intended or suitable for retail sales for the purposes of personal care or household use (see special provision A112 for classes and divisions permitted under this definition)”.

To get a better insight about how to ship consumer commodities, read and learn from the following article -written by DGM New York- about how to meet compliance requirements in accordance with air transport regulations

The article provides the guidelines needed to prepare consumer  commodities shipments   to be in compliance with international air transport requirements such as:

  • Identification of consumer commodities
  • Their classification under ID 8000
  • Packaging requirements
  • Marking and labelling requirements
  • Information required to be provided in the Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD)

For further details or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. DGM will ensure your shipments are fully compliant with regulations.

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