For those working in the air logistics field (e.g., manufactures, freight forwarder, airlines, ground handling agents, etc.) handling lithium batteries for air transportation is one of your daily tasks and routines. Because lithium batteries are classified as dangerous goods, so we need to ensure such shipments are properly prepared and be in the condition for transport in accordance with the current edition of IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.
As a leading IATA Accredited Training School for Dangerous Goods (ATS) in Vietnam, Vietnam Logistics and Aviation School – VILAS would like to update you about the significant change to the regulations of shipping lithium batteries by air as follows:
Regulations for the carriage of dangerous goods by air, specifically IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Edition 63rd (2022), has removed the provisions for shipping lithium batteries in accordance with section II of PI 965 and PI 968. This means that the manufacturers or the shippers must declare and pack lithium batteries according to the requirements under section IB or IA of PI 965 or PI 968. Accordingly, the Airlines’ variations related to the transportation of lithium batteries have also been amended accordingly.
However, manufacturers or the shippers may continue to ship lithium batteries in accordance with section II of PI 965 and PI 968 under the provisions set out in IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Edition 62nd (2021) until 31 March 2022.
Considering the point of view of safety and practice, we recommend that you seek for the approval of the Airline before using these packing instructions even if they are still valid.
Lithium batteries are one type of dangerous goods which are changed and improved every day according to the increasingly diverse needs of people. Therefore, the standards and provisions related to the transportation of this type of cargo are always adjusted and updated by IATA and Airlines every year to ensure the absolute safety for flights.
We hopes that you have promptly updated this change as well as other significant changes to lithium batteries transportation regulations by IATA in 2022.
REFER TO: VILAS – AVIATION TRAINNING PROGRAM