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02/09/2016

IATA Expects Lithium Battery Ban to Start April 1

The latest update, posted February 8, reflects a recent ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC) recommendation that lithium-ion batteries prepared under Packing Instruction 965 (UN3480) be banned from carriage as cargo on passenger aircraft.

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01/28/2016

ICAO Panel Recommends Ban on Lithium Battery Shipments on Passenger Aircraft

The Associated Press reports that on Wednesday, January 27, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) air navigation commission officially recommended an outright ban on rechargeable lithium batteries transported as cargo on passenger aircraft.

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01/20/2016

IATA Posts Addendum I to 57th Edition DGR

The 57th edition IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) has been in effect for hazmat air shippers since January 1, 2016. On January 16, IATA posted its first Addendum to the 57th edition to revise and clarify the DGR manual. The Addendum includes major changes for lithium battery shippers. 

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11/17/2015

Important Updates in the 57th Edition IATA DGR

Every year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) issues a new edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations, or DGR, as it's commonly known by hazmat air shippers. The DGR contains the international standards for hazmat air shipments. IATA published the 57th Edition DGR this fall, and mandatory compliance starts on January 1, 2016...

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09/15/2015

ICAO Posts Addendum II to Dangerous Goods Technical Instructions

On September 10, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) released Addendum II to its 2015–16 Technical Instructions (TI) for the safe transport of dangerous goods by air. 
 
In addition to changes for lithium battery shippers, revisions to the ICAO TI include a number of grammatical fixes, minor corrections, and updates to the State and operator variations. View the full ICAO Addendum II here...

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09/15/2015

Shipping Hazmat Limited Quantities by Ground, Air, and Vessel

When shipped by ground, air, or vessel, small quantities of hazardous materials (or dangerous goods)—referred to as "limited quantities"—are granted relief from certain hazmat shipping requirements.

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09/14/2015

Significant Changes to the 57th Edition IATA DGR

This fall, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will release the 57th edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulation, or DGR.  Mandatory compliance with the new rules starts January 1, 2016...

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08/28/2015

FAA and PHMSA Call Public Meeting on Lithium Battery Safety

In the Federal Register on August 28, 2015, two offices of the US Department of Transportation—the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)—called a public meeting to address the unique issues posed by lithium batteries during air transport...

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08/18/2015

Protect Your Package: Hazmat and the Rigors of Transport

While hazardous materials pose certain risks when stored and used in a warehouse or manufacturing environment, the risks are greatly amplified when hazmat is put in motion along the supply chain. Every day, hazardous materials (known internationally as dangerous goods) are transported in 18-wheelers and tanker trucks on roads and highways, aboard freight and passenger airplanes, and in shipping containers on the open seas...

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08/17/2015

What’s Next in Lithium Battery Regulations?

Now that US DOT’s new hazmat shipping regulations for lithium batteries are in full effect, lithium battery manufacturers and shippers look toward an uncertain future. Lithium batteries pose unique hazards in transit, especially by air—if they short circuit during transportation, they can enter what’s called “thermal runaway”—when a battery short-circuits, causing rising temperatures that accelerate the cell’s chemical reaction rate. As the reaction rate increases, more heat is produced, adding to extreme temperatures and leading to fires, venting of gases, and even explosions...

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