Further Restrictions Introduced on Transportation of Lithium Batteries via Airfreight

Restrictions on Transportation of Lithium Batteries

A supplement to IATA’s DGR manual that tightens the rules for transporting lithium batteries is scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2016.

At that point, these sensitive batteries will only be allowed to be charged up to 30 percent of their maximum capacity during transportation.

The number of packages per consignment will also be reduced. At that point, only one package in each consignment (MAWB) can contain lithium batteries. This restriction will apply to batteries that are packed according to Packing Instruction 965, part II.

IATA is making these changes in order to implement the recommendations made by ICAO’s DGR committee, which had held a meeting in October 2015 on the subject, in the wake of repeated incidents involving packages igniting in the hold.

Anyone who would like further information can seek out advice on this and other subjects from medical airport service GmbH at the Fraport cafeteria at CargoCity South (Building 536 E) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 3, 2016.