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Air Carriers Already Rejecting Lithium-ion Battery Shipments?

Posted on 3/3/2016 by Roger Marks

New restrictions on lithium battery air shipments take effect on April 1, but shippers are reporting that some passenger airlines are already rejecting shipments of stand-alone lithium-ion batteries (UN 3480).

The recently posted Addendum II to the 57th Ed. IATA DGR included the new restrictions that start April 1—including the prohibition of stand-alone lithium-ion batteries (UN 3480) from passenger aircraft—and some updated state and operator variations. However, the latest Addendum may not have included all the revised operator variations or “temporary embargoes” on items like lithium batteries.
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Given the seemingly fluid nature of these lithium battery rules, if you are shipping lithium-ion batteries and have concerns about whether or not your shipment will be accepted, be sure to contact your air carrier and get clear instructions on what is and is not permitted.

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Tags: DOT, hazmat shipping, IATA, lithium batteries

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