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Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG) - 3rd Edition

Support the safe transportation of lithium batteries by air

Lithium batteries are dangerous goods, and can pose a safety risk if not prepared and shipped in compliance with international transport regulations.

Let the IATA LBSG (3rd Edition) guide you step by step through the shipping process. It’s everything you need to safely and efficiently prepare lithium battery shipments in compliance with international air transport regulations. NEW and NOW available in the following formats:

  • NEW LBSG Online – in English, accessible from multiple platforms, and fully optimised for mobile - system requirements below
  • NEW e-Download - in English and Chinese - no CD required.
  • NEW Floating License - in English and Chinese 
  • CD-ROM – in English and Chinese                                                                           

​​Features include: 

  • Interactive Packing Examples - Interactive, animated packing examples to clearly illustrate the packing requirements.
  • Tabs – Open the manual in a new tab to create customized versions with favorites, mark ups such as annotations and highlights or simply to open in a dedicated section +
  • Favorites – Bookmark frequently referenced passages and sections for ease of access.
  • Annotations – Mark up the manual with your own comments to customize the LBSG to your unique processes +
  • Navigation – With many links to chapters within the document you can reference related content with just the click of a button.

+ features available on the CD ROM and eDownload versions.

Designed for you:

Although designed with manufacturers and shippers of lithium batteries and lithium battery powered equipment in mind, the LBSG can equally be used by freight forwarders to assist them in discussions with their customers, as well as a reference by airlines and ground handlers.

Product Details
Media: Web Online
Edition: 2016
Language: English
Regular Price: US$ 189. SAVE $49! Special Offer: US $140.
Product Details
Media: CD Rom
Edition: 2016
Language: English
Regular Price: US$ 199. SAVE $49! Special Offer: US $150.
Note: Discounts available
Product Details
Media: eDownload
Edition: 2016
Language: English
Regular Price: US$ 189. SAVE $49! Special Offer: US $140.
Product Details
Media: CD-ROM
Edition: 2016
Language: Chinese
Regular Price: US $199
Note: Discounts available

The LBSG can also be purchased as an organization-wide floating license. Please see our Floating License offer or contact custserv@iata.org for more information. 

Access the LBSG Online


Purchasing Enquiries: custserv@iata.org

IATA Subject Matter Experts: dangood@iata.org

System requirements


For LBSG (CD-ROM & eDownload):

  • Windows XP sp2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8*, Windows 10*
  • Intel Pentium or compatible processor
  • 16 bit colour display, 800 x 600 resolution (1024 x 768 or higher recommended)
  • CD-ROM drive (if product was delivered on CD)
  • 150 MB or more available hard disk space 
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher 
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 (Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 installer is included in the product software setup package) 
  • Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader software version 6.0 or higher (Adobe Reader software installer is included with this CD)
  • Administrator permissions during product installation and updates
  • Internet connection (for automatic updates)

* Under Windows 8 / 10, the .NET Framework 2.0 must be downloaded from Microsoft's website and installed before this IATA application. Requires internet and administrator permissions.

For LBSG (Online):

Login to LBSG online

A permanent internet connection is required.
JavaScript is required *
Flash player is required **

Screen resolution

1280 x 720 or higher on a desktop is recommended
The site is responsive and as such can be viewed on smaller devices, such as mobiles & tablets.
Desktop Browsers
Primary browsers
Safari (7+ on Mac)
Edge, Firefox & Chrome - each browser's latest major release and previous three major versions
Secondary browers
Any modern browser (including previous versions of Edge, Firefox & Chrome) should work in full as long as the technical requirements are met. However they are not tested and supported directly.
Mobile & Mobile Devices **
Primary browsers
iOS9+ Safari
Firefox for Android
Chrome Browser
Secondary browsers
Modern browsers shipped with mobile operating systems (such as Android Lollipop or Windows 8 Phone) should work in full as long as the technical requirements are met. However they are not tested and supported directly.
* Although the website is still navigable without JavaScript, some content is not accessible, such as Packaging Example animations and Classification Scenarios.
** Flash is used to animate the packing examples, a still image image is displayed if flash is not installed.


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