Changes to the requirements for shipping lithium batteries have come fast and furious in 2016, especially for air shippers. By the end of this week, on April 1, 2016, major changes will take effect for shipping lithium batteries under the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 57th Edition Dangerous Good Regulations (DGR).
In new standards for shipping lithium batteries that took effect on August 7, 2015, US DOT updated the accepted method for expressing the power of a lithium-ion battery. Before August 7, 2015, shippers in the US measured the power of lithium batteries by “equivalent lithium content.” Under the current rules, battery power must be expressed in watt-hours.
IATA has released an updated version of its Lithium Battery Guidance Document, revised on March 9 to reflect the latest changes for lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries shipped by air.
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).
In essence, the Addendum II comprises changes to the rules for shipping lithium batteries that will go into effect April 1, including a prohibition on lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) earlier this week.
Yesterday, February 22, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced that a prohibition on lithium ion batteries (UN 3480) as cargo on passenger aircraft will take effect April 1, 2016.
A Bill introduced in the US Senate this week, would give the Federal Aviation Administration authority to ban bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries from being carried as cargo on passenger airlines. If passed, the legislation would:
The latest update, posted February 8, reflects a recent ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC) recommendation that lithium-ion batteries prepared under Packing Instruction 965 (UN3480) be banned from carriage as cargo on passenger aircraft.
The Associated Press reports that on Wednesday, January 27, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) air navigation commission officially recommended an outright ban on rechargeable lithium batteries transported as cargo on passenger aircraft.
In Bordeaux, France on March 30-April 1, 2016, the Council for the Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA), in cooperation with battery industry groups RECHARGE and the Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA), will host its third UN Informal Working Group on lithium batteries.
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