Nowadays lithium batteries are everywhere and the regulations regarding their transport affect a wider audience. To help with their compliment, IATA has developed guidance information for shippers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, airlines and passengers.
The ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) decided in 2012 to comprehensively address the risks associated with lithium batteries transportation. Read more about the Regulatory changes on the transport of Lithium batteries (pdf) that took effect in January 2013.
NEW! Check the Guidance Document (pdf) developed by IATA for complying with the 55th (2014) Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) on:
- Definitions, classification, exceptions, prohibitions
- Passenger Provisions
- Frequently Asked Questions and their Answers
Download the 54th (2013) Edition Lithium Battery Guidance Document (pdf). This information is also available in German (pdf), French (pdf) and Chinese (pdf).
For passenger provisions refer to the Passenger DG Corner.
The ICAO Technical Instructions regulates air shipments of lithium batteries. They are classified by if they are lithium ion or lithium metal and by if they are contained in equipment, packed with equipment, or shipped separately from equipment.
Download the Packing Instructions 965-970 (pdf) from the 54th Edition of the IATA DGR. This document is also available in French (pdf), Spanish (pdf), German (pdf) and Russian (pdf).
Training is essential
Preparation is a key component in understanding the terms of the Regulations. IATA has developed a training course on Shipping Lithium Batteries by Air that covers all aspects of the identification, packing, marking and labeling, as well as the documentation requirements on lithium batteries transportation.
IATA, in conjunction with the Dangerous Goods Board (DGB) and the Dangerous Goods Training Task Force (DGTTIF), has developed three new lithium battery outreach and awareness products.
- Lithium battery passenger pamphlet (view sample (jpg)) (for hard copies email us)
- Lithium battery booklet for shippers and acceptance staff (order)
- Lithium battery awareness poster (view sample (jpg)) (order)