The 3rd IATA Lithium Battery Workshop will review the changes to the air transport regulations that became effective 1 January 2013 as well as the requirements for testing of lithium cells and batteries contained in Amendment 1 to the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria.
The objective of the workshop was to provide a practical explanation on how to ship lithium batteries, as well as the application of the test requirements set out in Subsection 38.3 of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria. It also promoted the best practices for regulatory compliance and safety that can help reduce the incidence of delayed shipments and avoid potential penalties or fines resulting from regulatory breaches.
The workshop provided an excellent opportunity for engaging with lithium battery and equipment manufacturers, shippers, forwarders, airlines, ground handling agents or regulatory authorities to share experiences and to consider the intent and application of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, the application of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, packing instructions for lithium batteries that became effective 1 January 2013. The major topics discussed were: