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Air Canada is running its discount program for motorcycle shipping again in 2018, and they’ve just determined the prices.Air Canada has been running a promotion that allows riders to ship their motorcycles in the cargo holds of widebody jets. We’ve had several CMG readers who’ve used the service, and while there’s been some confusion over pricing in the past, most have been happy with the service and pricing.

Now, Air Canada says it’s offering the program again, for its usual April 1-September 30 season. But unlike years past, which saw the airline offering flat rates through its promotional materials, customers must now call in to get pricing on flights. And, we’ve been told that the price tag is higher this year, thanks to increases in the cost of jet fuel.

Remember, Air Canada only offers this service to specific destinations. In the past, South America has been on the list, then off the list, thanks to issues with government red tape on the other end. However, flights to Europe and inside Canada should be back on as usual. For more details on how to prep your bike, where you can fly to, and how much it will cost, your best bet is to contact Air Canada after

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2018 Guidelines for Passengers Traveling with Lithium Batteries

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today published their guidelines for passengers traveling with lithium batteries and devices that contain lithium batteries. Please download and refer to their full guide here: LithiumBatteryPassengers_March 2018. Some highlights:

Effective March, 2018

These rules are already in effect as of March. The guide covers topics like:

  • Types of batteries and when to carry on, when to check
  • The number of and typed of cells/devices are allowed
  • Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs/PMEDs) containing batteries
  • Spare lithium batteries
  • e-Cigarettes
  • Baggage with integrated lithium batteries

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IMDG Code IMDG Code Amendment 39_18 Summary of Significant Change for 2019 and 2020

The international maritime organization released a compendium of prosed changes to the next edition of the IMDG Code.  Highlights include new UN’s in the DGL, revised classification requirements for a number of hazard classes, and changes to the Special Provisions list. IMDG Code Amendment 39_18 Summary of Significant Change for 2019 and 2020

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Here are the changes to read or download a copy.

IMDG Code Amendment 39-18
Summary of Changes of Interest in the new IMDG Code
Reference document:
23 November 2017 IMO Amendment Proposal Summary
(IMO Secretariat, Doc # MSC 99/3/Add.1)
Date of Summary: February 20th, 2018

Part 1 General Provisions
Updates several definitions to account for updated references; includes new definition for IMO Type 9 Tank
Adds note providing that competent authorities can implement security provisions other than those related specifically to the transport safety of dangerous goods

Part 2 Classification
Makes significant changes to the treatment of samples of energetic materials for testing
Adds new Section 2.0.6 treating the classification and transport of articles containing dangerous goods
Revises the assignment of commercial fireworks to hazard division and compatibility classes
Revises classification of viscous liquids
Adds note regarding assignment of SP 386 to certain flammable solids and self-reactives
Minor revisions to classification criteria for organic peroxides
Complete replacement of Chapter 2.8 for Corrosives including new definitions and criteria for classification. **Probably one the biggest changes in the new Amendment**
Adds three new UN #’s (UN3536 Lithium Batteries Installed in Cargo Transport Unit, UN 2071 Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer, UN 3548 Articles containing miscellaneous dangerous goods, N.O.S. to certain Class 9 classification guidance requirements

Part 3 Dangerous Goods List
Chapter 3.2 Dangerous Goods List **Another very big change**
Major updates to Storage, Handling, and Segregation instructions in Column 16(a) and (b)
Adds new UN #’s UN3535 through UN3548
Major revisions and additions to the Special Provisions list, including new SP providing guidance for assigning classifications to various vehicle and battery operated devices
Adds clarifying instructions for the assignment of proper shipping names

Part 4 Packing and Tank Provisions
Revises numerous special tank and packing provisions
Revises P006, P911, LP03, LP905, LP906

Part 5 Consignment
Provides clarification on document requirements for radioactive materials
Provides labeling guidance for several of the newly established UN #’s
Revises label dimensional requirements in the event of a reduction in size
Provides revised label specimen illustrations
Revises certain placarding requirements
Provides clarifying language for what documents are required aboard ship

Part 6 Packaging Specifications and Test
Various technical revisions to packaging and tank test and recordkeeping requirements, tank markings, and cylinders.
New and revised specifications for large packagings
Adds revised requirement for tie downs to road tank vehicles

Part 7 Transport Operations
Adds guidance for storage and segregation for jet perforating guns (UN 0124, UN0494)
Revised list of segregation group codes
Complete replacement of the transport provisions for CTU’s under temperature control **major change***
Revisions to competent authority information in Chapter 7.9
Appendix A
Presents revised list of generic and N.O.S proper shipping names referencing newly established UN #’s



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