New DOT Lithium Battery Rules Near Final Stage

Posted on 8/23/2016 by Roger Marks

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.

The new DOT lithium batteries rule closely mirrors requirements finalized at the international level by ICAO earlier this year and mandatory for air shippers as of April 1, 2016.

The new DOT lithium battery Interim Final Rule will:

  • Prohibit the transport of standalone lithium ion cells and batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft.
  • Limit the state-of-charge for lithium ion cells and batteries to 30%.
  • Limit to no more than one package per shipment the number of packages that may be offered for current provisions for “small” or “excepted” lithium batteries.
DOT lithium battery rules in 49 CFR
More information the progress of the lithium battery Interim Final Rule is available here.

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