IATA LITHIUM BATTERY GUIDANCE
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IATA LITHIUM BATTERY GUIDANCE

ICAO council has adopted the recommendations of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission prohibiting all lithium batteries shipped by themselves (not contained in or packed with equipment) for transport as cargo on passenger aircraft. Additionally, lithium-ion batteries must be shipped at a state of charge not exceeding 30% of their rated design capacity. The final changes to the provisions for lithium batteries are effective as of April 1st, 2016.

Lithium batteries (including lithium ion and lithium metal) packed by themselves as UN3480 and UN3090 (not contained in or packed with equipment) (Packing Instruction 965 and 968, respectively):

  •  are forbidden for transport as cargo on passenger aircraft unless shipped under exemption issued by all States concerned, see special provision A201. All packages prepared in accordance with Packing Instruction 965 and 968, Section IA, IB and II, must bear a Cargo Aircraft Only label, in addition to existing labels.

Lithium-ion batteries packed by themselves (not contained in or packed with equipment) (Packing Instruction 965):

  • must be shipped at a state of charge (SoC) not exceeding 30% of their rated design capacity. Cells and/or batteries at a SoC of greater than 30% may only be shipped with the approval of the State of Origin and the State of the Operator under the written conditions established by those authorities

A link to full text is available here:

http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dgr/Documents/lithium-battery-guidance-document-2016-en.pdf

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