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IATA Expects Lithium Battery Ban to Start April 1

Posted on 2/9/2016 by Roger Marks

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its second update of the year regarding ongoing changes to the regulations for shipping lithium batteries.
The latest update, posted February 8, reflects a recent ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC) recommendation that lithium-ion batteries prepared under Packing Instruction 965 (UN 3480) be banned from carriage as cargo on passenger aircraft.

In addition to discussing the ban, which is expected to take effect on April 1, the update from IATA restates the new rules for shipping lithium batteries by air created in an Addendum to the 57th Edition lithium ion battery UN3480 IATA banDangerous Goods Regulations

It appears that after April 1, all air shipments of lithium-ion batteries prepared in accordance with Packing Instruction 965, Section IA, IB, or II, will require a Cargo Aircraft Only label.

Read the full update from IATA here. 

Keep Your Lithium Battery Shipments in Compliance 

Gain clarity on the constantly changing rules for lithium battery and keep your shipments in compliance. The Shipping Lithium Batteries Webinar is presented live by an expert instructor and is designed to cover the latest rules for lithium-ion and lithium-metal battery shippers. Next session: February 11.

Whether you ship batteries alone, in equipment, or with equipment by ground, air, or vessel, the upcoming webinar will help you build a step-by-step approach to classifying, packaging, marking, and labeling lithium battery shipments for acceptance by any carrier. 


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