The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has now posted the second addendum to its Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air
, or “TI” for short. While this particular addendum does not impact hazmat shippers per se, it does include a critical update for business travelers, frequent flyers, and airline personnel regarding lithium batteries in checked luggage.
In Addendum II, ICAO adds to Part 8, Chapter 1—the rules for dangerous goods carried by airline crew and passengers—to revise the requirements for “Item 20”—spare lithium batteries or electronic devices containing lithium cells.
What’s New in Addendum II?
The revised listing for Item 20 now includes restrictions for electronic devices containing lithium batteries. These devices should be
carried as carry-on baggage. That said, unlike spare lithium batteries, electronics that contain lithium batteries are not prohibited from checked luggage.
If carried in checked luggage, electronics containing lithium batteries must be protected against accidental activation and
meet the following new
See the full Addendum II to the 2017-18 ICAO TI here.
- The devices must be completed switched off (not in sleep or hibernation mode); and
- Measures must be taken to protect the device from damage.
Shipping Lithium Batteries—Live Training on 6/27!
Meet DOT, IATA, and IMDG training mandates and learn the latest rules for shipping lithium batteries! The lithium battery rules change often, and knowing the current requirements is crucial to avoid rejected shipments and DOT fines now up to $78,376 per day, per violation. Sign up here for the June 27 training session.
Whether you ship lithium ion or lithium metal batteries, in-equipment, with-equipment, or spares, by ground, air, or vessel—this live training session
will cover what you need to know to classify, package, mark, label, load, unload, and document your shipments under new and changing 49 CFR, the IATA DGR,
and IMDG Code