In recent years, revisions to the rules for lithium battery air shipments have been a mainstay on the list of significant changes to IATA’s manual. 2023 will be no exception.
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.
DOT PHMSA released a Safety Advisory Notice on May 17, 2022 to make stakeholders aware of common compliance errors noted during inspections of facilities that ship lithium cells and batteries.
US DOT PHMSA will host a virtual meeting of the Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee on May 4, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM EDT. Anyone interested can access the meeting on PHMSA’s website.
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.
In response to an isolated fire involving mis-labeled lithium-ion batteries, the US Coast Guard placed a hold on forty-eight cargo containers to search for additional hazardous materials.
Following what the US Coast Guard called a “potentially catastrophic” hazmat fire, the Agency issued a warning for shippers and industry stakeholders about the importance of following lithium battery shipping regulations.
US DOT and the Department of Energy will coordinate distribution of funding to build a national network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Earlier this year, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned consumers not to purchase or use loose 18650 lithium-ion cells.
Three recent aircraft fires have raised concerns for regulators and workers alike on the safety of lithium batteries. These incidents underscore the prevalence of lithium battery malfunctions as aviation regulators continue debating how to prevent further harm to customers, airline employees, and cargo.
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