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07/29/2020

Three Lithium Battery Fires Raise Concerns About Flight Safety

Three recent aircraft fires have raised concerns for regulators and workers alike on the safety of lithium batteries. These incidents underscore the prevalence of lithium battery malfunctions as aviation regulators continue debating how to prevent further harm to customers, airline employees, and cargo.

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06/10/2020

NTSB Calls for Stricter Lithium Battery Air Shipping Regs

NTSB's lithium battery safety recommendations result from an investigation of a 2016 incident in which individually packaged lithium-ion batteries of cargo ignited on a delivery truck after the batteries flew on two cargo planes.

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02/03/2020

FAA Issues $120K Fine Against Multinational Hazmat Shipping Provider

A household name for shipping services was issued a $120,000 civil penalty by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for allegedly violating hazardous materials regulations. FAA alleges that the shipping company knowingly offered a shipment containing improperly packaged lithium batteries for transportation by air on Nov. 15, 2018.  

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01/28/2020

2020 IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Now Available

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently released its 2020 Lithium Battery Guidance Document for shippers who offer lithium-ion or lithium-metal batteries for air transport.  

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12/17/2019

Industry Leads Charge Against Rogue Lithium Battery Shippers

Together with the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) and other industry groups, IATA has renewed its call for governments to “crack down on manufacturers of counterfeit batteries and of mis-labeled and non-compliant shipments.”

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03/29/2019

The New Lithium Battery Rule You Might Have Missed

PHMSA snuck a new marking/labeling requirement for excepted lithium batteries shipped by all modes (including ground shipments) into its HM-224I lithium battery "harmonization" Interim Final Rule, in effect as of March 6, 2019.

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02/28/2019

PHMSA Updates 49 CFR Lithium Battery Air Regulations

The updates in PHMSA’s IFR may look familiar to lithium battery shippers—these three new requirements were added to the ICAO Technical Instructions and the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as “emergency revisions” in 2016.

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07/19/2018

Undeclared Lithium Batteries Result in $160,500 FAA Hazmat Fine

US FAA issued a six-figure fine for a Hong Kong company that allegedly shipped lithium batteries, undeclared, by air. Besides failing to properly classify, name, package, mark, label or document the shipment, the company also did not provide requried hazmat training for employees, according to FAA. 

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04/13/2018

IATA Updates Lithium Battery Guidance for Passengers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released updated guidance this week for airline passengers who carry lithium battery-powered devices or spare lithium batteries aboard aircraft.  

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03/05/2018

Caught on Tape: Two Lithium Battery Fires in 2018

WATCH: Two lithium battery fires have been caught on camera recently, as aviation regulators continue to work to prevent these incidents with guidance and regulatory requirements for passengers, crew, and shippers alike.   

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