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09/28/2016

PHMSA Issues Emergency Prohibition Order Against Lithium Battery Manufacturer

After identifying multiple violations of hazardous materials law and regulations by a lithium battery manufacturer, the US DOT Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency prohibition order to halt the company from shipping non-compliant batteries. 

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09/22/2016

PHMSA Releases Safety Advisory for Defective or Damaged Lithium Batteries

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today posted a safety advisory to the Federal Register to inform the public of the hazards posed by defective, damaged, or recalled lithium batteries and devices containing these batteries. 

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09/09/2016

Defective Lithium Batteries Lead to Worldwide Smartphone Recall for Samsung

Early this month, Samsung issued a worldwide recall for all of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold to date. Dozens of customers have now reported incidents of the new smartphone bursting into flames, leading to concerns about the lithium batteries used in the devices.

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08/23/2016

New DOT Lithium Battery Rules Near Final Stage

A new lithium battery rulemaking from the US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is nearing completion. The new rule, which will affect shipments of lithium batteries offered as standalone articles (e.g., not in or with equipment), has been received by the Office of Management and Budget for approval. 

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08/22/2016

IATA Calls for Crackdown on Problem Lithium Battery Shippers

On August 15, 2016, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced it had issued a letter to trade, industry, and transportation authorities around the world to call for stricter enforcement of lithium battery shipping regulations. 

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05/19/2016

Final Rule: PHMSA Restricts E-Cigs on Airplanes

The US DOT posted a Final Rule to today’s Federal Register to prohibit electronic smoking devices (“vape pens,” e-cigs, e-hookahs, e-pipes, etc.) in checked baggage aboard an airplane. The Rule also prohibits charging e-cigs while on a plane. Electronic “smoking” or “vaping” devices will still be allowed in carry-on baggage. 

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04/07/2016

PHMSA Issues Lithium-ion Battery Prohibition Safety Advisory

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued a safety advisory notice for individuals who prepare lithium battery shipments for transport and those otherwise involved in the transportation of lithium-ion or lithium-metal batteries. 

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03/31/2016

Live Lithium Batteries Shipper Webinar: April 5

Tomorrow is the big day for lithium battery shippers! New IATA DGR rules for lithium battery air shipments take effect on Friday, April 1. Are you ready?

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03/29/2016

New Lithium Battery Air Rules Start Friday, 4/1

Changes to the requirements for shipping lithium batteries have come fast and furious in 2016, especially for air shippers. By the end of this week, on April 1, 2016, major changes will take effect for shipping lithium batteries under the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 57th Edition Dangerous Good Regulations (DGR).

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03/16/2016

How to Find Watt-hour Rating of Lithium-ion Batteries

In new standards for shipping lithium batteries that took effect on August 7, 2015, US DOT updated the accepted method for expressing the power of a lithium-ion battery. Before August 7, 2015, shippers in the US measured the power of lithium batteries by “equivalent lithium content.” Under the current rules, battery power must be expressed in watt-hours.

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