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ICAO Panel Moves to Ban Lithium Ion Battery Transport from Passenger Aircraft

ICAO’s Air Navigation Commission (ANC) has completed its review of the Dangerous Goods Panel’s 25th meeting and will be recommending to the Governing Council of ICAO that Lithium Ion batteries be prohibited from transport on passenger aircraft.  The conclusion of the Commission was that the risks of these batteries in flight was currently “not adequately

IATA DGR Update: Everything you know about lithium battery shipping may change

Shippers are still coming to grips with the recent International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) addendum, which among other changes, established the first-ever state-of-charge limitation on air transport of lithium batteries. Then, on Saturday, January 16th, the International Air transport Association (IATA) released an addendum to 57th edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations, commonly referred to as

ICAO imposes first-ever charge limit on lithium battery shipments, effective April 1

ICAO has published its much anticipated addendum highlighting additional consignment conditions  for the transport of lithium batteries. The ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel considered that these would significantly improve the already high-level of safety of these shipments and it would be prudent to have them in place as soon as possible. As a result, the ICAO addendum

OSHA finds non-consumer lithium batteries subject to the 2012 HCS

In what one can only characterize as a remarkable development for American manufacturers and importers, on December 17th the US Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a formal Letter of Interpretation in response to a query regarding their consideration of the status of Lithium batteries as articles (or not).  The

ICAO proposing even more changes to lithium battery rules for air shipment

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held its semi-annual meeting in Montreal, Canada earlier this month. Among many issues discussed there were further changes that may affect shippers and carriers of lithium batteries. This commodity has been under the spotlight for several years now on account of the sometimes-volatile transport incidents that have come to

Lithium battery packaging strives to reduce fire risks

“Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.”  King Lear – William Shakespeare Or to put it in the modern vernacular, “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”  This is the aphorism that came to mind during my presentation of a new and novel Labelmaster packaging solution at a mini-symposium of lithium battery packaging

Lufthansa becomes the latest airline to restrict lithium battery transport—and the strictest.

Ban lithium batteries from airlines? Pursue the violators instead.

On August 12, 2015, a handling agent at London’s Heathrow Airport saw smoke emanating from a pallet that had arrived from Hong Kong. He removed the smoking box and discovered that a lithium battery packed inside—with more than 500 others—had caught fire. The ensuing investigation revealed that: It was unlikely that the shipment’s battery type

IATA Lithium Battery workshop concludes; undeclared and non-compliant shipments pose biggest risks

Last week, I was part of the Labelmaster team that attended the Lithium Battery workshop hosted by IATA in Montreal. For those of us who’ve been following the twists and turns of the regulations governing the air transport of lithium batteries, we might be forgiven for thinking there would be nothing new to see and

Lithium Battery Regulations: Are Retailers Getting Their Shipments Together?

On Friday, August 7, 2015, the US Department of Transportation’s new lithium battery shipping rules went into effect. In the weeks since, retailers have handled the challenges of the new regulations as best they can. Many are still scrambling, as they adapt their shipping operations to rules that never applied to their business before. The

The potential costs and consequences of airlines’ lithium battery restrictions

Last week, Lufthansa enacted some of the strictest lithium battery shipping restrictions in the industry—banning some shipments from all its aircraft, both cargo and passenger, and tightening restrictions on other shipments. Lufthansa’s new rules are the latest and strictest in a long line of airline-imposed restrictions on lithium battery shipments. Billions of batteries are shipped

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