IMDG Code rule change
Auther - Megatrend Enter Date - 2011-11-29
Valued customers,

We would like to inform you regarding an IMDG Code rule change that will become effective 1 January 2012, which will impact any motor vehicles or machinery powered by combustion engine or fuel cell and using petrol, diesel or gas as fuel.

From this date, these goods will fall within the scope of the IMDG Code and must be notified to carriers as dangerous goods, UN 3166, Class 9. An accompanying dangerous goods declaration will be required in accordance with the IMDG code.

UN 3166 can apply to a wide range of commodities including motor vehicles, plant machinery, boats and any equipment which has an internal combustion engine that is either connected to a battery or fuel tank containing flammable liquid (petrol or diesel) or flammable gas such as propane.
For IMDG hazard classification UN 3166, Class 9, Special Provisions 312, 356, and 962 are applicable in the IMDG Code and assist in determining the classification requirements for various types of equipment.

Special Provision 961 describes technical measures that can be taken to neutralise the hazard of fuel and batteries and allow the articles to be consigned as non-hazardous, but that involves isolating the battery and removing the fuel from the tanks – technically difficult to achieve in many cases.