Every year, we update the IATA Manuals in order to stay up-to-date with the latest regulations and best practices. In order to comply with the new regulations and sustain the safe and efficient transport of air cargo, your editions need to be updated annually.

This year was an exceptional year with the pandemic, and it impacted the way air cargo and ground operations operate. For this reason, the new editions of the IATA Manuals now include COVID-19 specific content. The complete list of significant changes for each manual are detailed below.

Dangerous Goods manuals

Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR)

  • Complete revision of Subsection 1.5 - Training Requirements to implement competency-based training and assessment for dangerous goods
  • Revision to the requirements applicable to post items when dry ice is used as a refrigerant for UN 3373
  • Additions and revisions to the list of dangerous goods
  • Revisions requirements in special provisions and the addition of new special provisions
  • Amendments to packing instructions to revise the types of packagings permitted to better align to the UN; clarify the packagings for batteries
  • Identify that it is mandatory for operator to perform a safety risk assessment to address the carriage of dangerous goods
  • Implement the changes to section 10 - Radioactive Materials arising from the revision to IAEA SSR-6

Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG)

  • Revisions to special provisions A88 and A99 to require the approval of the authority of the State of the operator in addition to the authority of the State of origin. These special provisions address the approval for the transport of prototype lithium batteries that have not passed the UN 38.3 tests and approval for the transport of lithium cells or batteries that have a net mass exceeding 35 kg
  • Special provisions A88 and A99 have also been revised to identify that when lithium batteries are shipped in accordance with an approval that the packing instruction number shown on the Shipper's Declaration must be PI 910 or PI 974, respectively
  • The format of the lithium battery mark has been revised to now be a square with minimum dimensions of 100 mm x 100 mm. This may be reduced to be not less than 100 mm x 70 mm where the size of the package prevents the application of the full size mark. The wording in the provisions for the application of the mark identifies that mark must be a square or rectangle, which permits the continued usage of the current mark which is 120 mm x 110 mm

Infections Shipping Substances Guidelines (ISSG)

  • Addition of a new entry and conditions for solid medical waste containing Category A pathogens
  • Update to identify that the mark in the diamond applied to packages containing biological substances, Category B (UN 3373) and genetically modified organisms and microorganisms (GMO, and GMMO) (UN 3245) must be applied on one side of the package
  • A change to renumber the packing instruction applicable to medical waste from PI 622 to become PI 621 to align to the number in the UN Model Regulations and to provide for a consistent PI for the new Category A waste. There is a 3-month transition provided during which time the old PI number may be used

Special Cargo manuals

Live Animals Regulations (LAR)

  • To avoid any confusion and for the sake of consistency, all relevant Container Requirements have been restructured, specifying the feeding and watering requirements into one specific section;
  • We also amended the section related to the IATA Live Animal Acceptance Checklist with the inclusion of the species and the related container requirement directly on the checklist.
  • Inclusion of the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) for Live Animals logistics
  • New Appendix I that contains the CEIV Live Animals checklist and accompanied guidelines

Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR)

  • Inclusion of the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) for Perishable Logistics
  • New Appendix that contains CEIV FRESH audit checklist and guidelines to allow industry benchmark

Temperature Control Regulations (TCR)

  • The IATA Acceptance Checklist for Time and Temperature Sensitive Healthcare Shipments was modified to avoid any misinterpretation related to shipments delivered on temperature-controlled trucks

Cargo Operations manuals

ULD Regulations (ULDR)

  • Clarification on the use of TSO certified cargo straps
  • Updates on some aircraft contour drawings
  • Deletion of obsolete ULD Type Codes
  • Operational efficiency improvements
  • Clarification on bilateral agreements between CAAs
  • Addition of aircraft pallet components listed on ULD Operational Damage Limits Notice (ODLN)

IATA Cargo Handling Manual (ICHM)

  • Changes to the wording and definitions of events
  • Maintaining distance, disinfecting GSE, using drop zones (cargo on ramp) to avoid cross-contamination
  • Biosafety measures and Poster
  • Special Handling Code CIC (Cargo In Cabin) and warning about aircraft’s structural limitation change when the cabin is modified
  • Revision of the wordings used regarding the calibration of scales and the “checks” required

Compassionate Transportation Manual (CTM)

  • new IATA manual on how to prepare, ship and handle human remains

Ground Operations manuals

Airport Handling Manual (AHM)

Changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • New: AHM Chapter on Pandemic management
  • Ground Handling during COVID-19
  • Transportation of Cargo in Cabin
  • Chapter 11 - training requirements for Return to Services
  • New: GSE Storage and Return to Service

Additional changes:

  • Revisions of AHM 904, 910, and 921 on Ground Support Equipment Specifications
  • New part of Chapter 9 - Mobile passenger boarding ramps
  • AHM 600 - Occupational health and safety and aircraft damage cost models revision
  • AHM 300 - Entirely revised section
  • Revision of Chapter 4 - AHM 440 on Aircraft Handling and Loading
  • New graphics and animation for Aircraft Marshalling and Hand Signals

IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM)


Changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Chapter 3 - Aircraft Cleaning (non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 changes)
  • Chapter 4 - Aircraft Ground Movement
  • Ground Handling during COVID-19
  • Transportation of Cargo in Cabin

Additional changes:

  • Chapter 1 - Passenger Handling procedures
  • Chapter 3 - Potable water servicing
  • New graphics and animation for Aircraft Marshalling and Hand Signals