Updated IATA Lithium Battery Transportation Regulations

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FACT: As of April 1, 2016 lithium battery being transported are required to be shipped at no more than 30% charge.

Insiders from the 25th Annual ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel Meeting

In late 2015, IATA held the 25th annual ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel meeting (DPG/25) to discuss the numerous proposals addressing the safety concerns associated with the transport of lithium batteryas cargo.

This news may not come as a surprise to you as the media has reported multiple explosions of children’s toys with lithium batteries, Hoverboards to be more precise.

The fuss came from tests conducted by the FAA Technical Centre.

The tests concluded that Halon, the fire suppression agent used in passenger aircraft cargo compartments, may not be capable of suppressing a fire involving large quantities of lithium ion cells.

These laws affect both commercial and cargo transportation.

If you will be transporting cargo with lithium batteries you should take into consideration the new IATA regulations, which will become effective April 1, 2016.

On the agenda of this meeting was the possibility of a total prohibition on the carriage of lithium ion batteries ( UN 3480) as cargo on passenger aircraft.

The majority of the panel at the meeting did not support the total prohibition as this was seen as penalising compliant shippers, while not addressing broader issues about the transport of lithium batteries. As society grows more adaptive to technology we become more reliant on batteries.

Important Facts About Shipping Lithium Batteries

Here are the MOST IMPORTANT facts you need to know about transporting lithium batteries under the new IATA regulations

  • Lithium Batteries are to be shipped at no more than 30% state charge UN 3480 PI 965, Section II
  • Lithium metal batteries are restricted to no more than one (1) package per consignment. UN 3090 PI 968, section II

You can trust that DGD Transportation has thoroughly reviewed the precautionary measures that need to be taken when shipping lithium batteries.

You can access these materials directly here. Penalties and fines may be assessed in the case that lithium batteries are transported without adhering to the new regulations.

Electronic items that use lithium batteries include portable devices, power tools, and electric vehicles. IATA has published various informational white papers that are available to the public.

The maximum size of each battery (whether installed in a device or as spare batteries) that can be carried is equivalent to lithium content that does not exceed 8 grammes per battery.

Devices containing lithium-ion batteries CAN be transported in checked bags, but spare batteries may only be taken in carry-on luggage.

IATA has recently updated their regulations even further. Read about the changes here!