IMDG Code 38-16th Amendment will enter into force on 1st January 2018. IMO recommends applying this code from 1st January 2017 on voluntary basis, pending their official entry into force on 1st January 2018 without any transition period in order to facilitate multimodal transportation of dangerous goods.

Correspondence to IMDG Code 38-16th Amendment

a) Japan

Japanese administration has decided to apply IMDG Code 38-16th Amendment on 1st January 2017. Therefore, all DG Applications & Documents should be made according to IMDG Code 38-16th Amendment for Japan export/import/transshipment Dangerous Goods.

b) Other countries except Japan

It is still valid for use of 37-14th Amendment during transition period from 1st Jan to 31st Dec 2017. IMO recommends applying 38-16th Amendment from 1st Jan 2017 on a voluntary basis, but almost countries take a stance that both 37-14th and 38-16th Amendments are valid during transition period.

The significant changes to the IMDG Code 38-16th Amendment are outlined below.

  • New Entries (UN3531 ~ UN3534) and Provisions (SP386) for Polymerizing Substances
  • New Test Method for the classification of UN2211 (SP382)
  • Amendments to the Special Provisions and Entry for UN3166
  • New Entries and Provisions for engines and machineries (UN3528 ~ UN3530)
  • Amendments to the Provisions for Lithium Batteries
  • New CLASS 9 label (SP384) and Lithium Batteries mark have been adopted for Lithium Batteries shipments (see
  • Amendments to the placarding provisions for portable tanks with the capacity less than 3000 liter (see
  • 6 UN numbers that are newly identified as Marine Pollutant (UN1208, UN1218, UN1791, UN2057, UN2294, UN2296)
  • 9 New Entries have been added to the 38-16th Amendment (UN0510, U3527 ~ UN3534)

Useful Links for Reference:

* IMDG Code Amendment cycle 2010-2019 
IMDG 2016 Amendment 38-16 


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