ICAO DG Panel Backs Most Stringent Lithium Battery Requirements Yet
First, at a pre-ICAO meeting with US regulators in September, industry representatives with the Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA) argued that shipping lithium batteries at a reduced state-of-charge can lead to accelerated physical and chemical degradation of the battery. In other words, these batteries will be less useful once they reach their destination.
Second, industry is concerned that a limitation on state-of-charge can only be realistically met by original manufacturers or major initial shippers. Other distributors in the supply chain, including retail shippers, may not have the expertise or equipment needed to verify state-of-charge before offering a shipment.
The ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel’s lithium battery safety recommendations will be finalized at the end of this week and will eventually be incorporated into the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods. These international Technical Instructions are used as a model for both the International Air Transport Associations Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) and the US DOT’s 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations.
For more on lithium battery transport safety recommendations that may be discussed at the Dangerous Goods Panel in Montreal, read our feature on the US DOT’s Pre-ICAO Lithium Battery Safety Meeting.
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