ICAO Posts Addendum II to the 2017-18 TI

Posted on 6/21/2017 by Roger Marks

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has now posted the second addendum to its Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, or “TI” for short. While this particular addendum does not impact hazmat shippers per se, it does include a critical update for business travelers, frequent flyers, and airline personnel regarding lithium batteries in checked luggage. 

In Addendum II, ICAO adds to Part 8, Chapter 1—the rules for dangerous goods carried by airline crew and passengers—to revise the requirements for “Item 20”—spare lithium batteries or electronic devices containing lithium cells. 

What’s New in Addendum II?

The revised listing for Item 20 now includes restrictions for electronic devices containing lithium batteries. These devices should be carried as carry-on baggage. That said, unlike spare lithium batteries, electronics that contain lithium batteries are not prohibited from checked luggage.

If carried in checked luggage, electronics containing lithium batteries must be protected against accidental activation and meet the following new ICAO requirements: 
  • The devices must be completed switched off (not in sleep or hibernation mode); and
  • Measures must be taken to protect the device from damage.
See the full Addendum II to the 2017-18 ICAO TI here.


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