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Lithium Battery Regulations: Are Retailers Getting Their Shipments Together?

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

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

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

Transporting lithium batteries by air continues to get more challenging. Lufthansa has just imposed restrictions that go well beyond international regulations.   Here’s a breakdown of the new restrictions, effective August 31*: Complete embargo of excepted standalone lithium batteries from all aircraft. These shipments will no longer be accepted on any Lufthansa Group passenger or

Boeing Offers Lithium Battery Air Transport Guidance

Seldom does a guidance document from a private business causes much stir in the aviation transport community when it comes to Dangerous Goods; however, that is not the case after the Boeing Company released new guidance on July 17th regarding the bulk carriage of Lithium Ion Batteries (UN3480) on its passenger aircraft.  Along with European maker Airbus,

ICAO DG Panel Working Group Agrees to Establish a Task Group on Performance-Based Standards for the Safe Air Transport of Lithium Batteries

                      The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel Working Group was held from April 27 – May 1 in Montreal, Canada.  Lithium battery regulations again consumed a majority of the discussion.  A primary decision involved an agreement to establish a task group of

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

Airlines Imposing Additional Restrictions on Lithium Battery Shipments

There have been a number of recent news media accounts related to the transport of lithium batteries aboard aircraft.  While the air transport of lithium cells and batteries is fundamentally safe there have been incidents that should raise concern.   In almost all of the incidents that have occurred there has not been conclusive evidence to

Shipping Lithium Batteries

UPS Imposes New Lithium Metal Battery Restrictions

In an action which is assuredly no April Fool’s jest, United Parcel Service (UPS) today announced new restrictions on and requirements for the transport of Lithium Metal Batteries.  Effective July 1st, 2015, shipments of UN3090 Lithium Metal Batteries via UPS Airlines must receive pre-approval from UPS prior to shipment.  The announcement indicates that this will

What makes lithium batteries special?

Infographic | What Makes Lithium Batteries Special?

What is it about lithium batteries that makes them so effective at powering the world around us? What is it about them that classifies them as Dangerous Goods? This infographic takes a quick look at the remarkable technology behind these high-energy power sources and offers tips for ensuring safe and compliant shipping.     To

PHMSA Announces Mandatory Compliance Date Extension to HM-224F for Non-Air Transport of Lithium Batteries

PHMSA Announces Mandatory Compliance Date Extension to HM-224F for Non-Air Transport of Lithium Batteries

Announced via the website of the Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (DOT PHMSA): as a result of numerous stakeholder comments, PHMSA will respond to concerns regarding difficulty in achieving full compliance by the original date set forth in the timeline mandated by the August 6th, 2014 final rule.  The agency announced

Postal Service Revises Mailing Standards for Lithium Batteries

Keeping pace with U.S. DOT’s PHMSA (U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) the U.S. Postal Service announced changes to their respective hazardous materials standards affecting the safe transportation of lithium ion and lithium metal batteries. According to the Notice published in today’s Federal Register (January 26, 2015, Volume 80, No. 16,

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