A Final Rule to revise the 49 CFR regulations for lithium battery air shipments replaces an interim Final Rule in effect since March 2019—and includes important changes that shippers should be aware of.
Citing 30% annual growth of the lithium battery market bringing many new shippers into the supply chain, IATA has concerns about mis-declared and undeclared lithium battery shipment being offered into the cycle of transportation.
As of April 1, 2022, lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries or cells shipped separately will no longer be accepted for air transportation when prepared under Section II of the relevant IATA DGR Packing Instruction.
Lithium battery shippers: The 2022 IATA DGR will incorporate two important revisions for shipping lithium-ion and -metal cells and batteries by air.
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