Lithium battery air shippers major changes for 2017; New labels, shrinking exclusions, bolstered training requirements, a ban on stand-alone lithium batteries on passenger aircraft in effect since April 1, 2016, and more. Most of these changes affect lithium battery air shipments prepared under the 2017 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations
(IATA DGR). Now, major air carriers UPS and FedEx are adding another twist.
As of January 1, 2017, UPS and FedEx will no longer accept stand-alone lithium ion or lithium metal batteries (UN 3480 and 3090) prepared in accordance with Section II of the applicable IATA Packing Instruction for air transport. Read more about the changes from FedEx and UPS here.
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What Kind of Lithium Battery Rules Did FedEx and UPS Add?
The main gist is this—to ship stand-alone lithium ion or lithium metal batteries via FedEx Express or UPS air, shippers can no longer rely on the reliefs for “small” or “excepted” lithium batteries found in Section II. Instead, these shipments must be prepared as “fully regulated,” under Section IA or IB of the appropriate IATA Packing Instruction (965 or 968).
To avoid rejected lithium battery shipments, it’s now crucial that you understand the specific requirements that apply to fully regulated lithium battery shipments!
To learn more about the new requirements, check out the post New FedEx and UPS Rules for Shipping Lithium Battery by Air.