New IATA Rules for Paint and Coatings Industry 

IATA’s new Special Provision A192 reduces requirements for hazardous material air shipments.

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This fall, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will publish the 56th Edition of its "Dangerous Goods Regulations." These pertain to coatings, paints and paint-related materials that are all regulated as hazardous materials when shipped by ground, air, ocean or rail.

The latest edition of IATA’s rules will include a new special provision for businesses that ship protective coatings, paints or printer ink. The new special provision (A192) will provide relief to these shippers by simplifying the documentation requirements for certain shipments. Compliance with the 56th edition DGR is mandatory starting January 1, 2015.

Until now, businesses that ship paint, varnish, lacquer, enamel, stain, shellac, polish, or printing ink packaged with these products’ “related materials”—such as paint thinners or reducing compounds— have been required to designate both the product and the related materials on the Shipper’s Declaration. To do this, shippers use two different Proper Shipping Names. However, IATA’s new Special Provision A192 simplifies these requirements for air shipments.

Starting January 1, shippers who package their coating products with “related materials” may use the “related materials” Proper Shipping Name only, instead of listing two separate names on the Shipper’s Declaration.