On January 16, 2016, IATA published an Addendum to the 57th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. These changes are not yet adopted by DOT 49CFR or IMO/IMDG regulations, but have immediate and far reaching effect on air shipments tendered to IATA member airlines and carriers.
Of particular concern are the changes made to the carriage and documentation of Lithium Ion batteries and Section II packages of Lithium ion and Lithium metal batteries. Following is a condensed listing of these changes.
Effective Jan 1, 2016: Documentation of Air waybills for Packing Instruction 965-966-967, 968-969-970: The “Nature and Product” box of the air waybill must indicate the number of packages marked with the Lithium Handling Label. This effects mainly forwarders/carriers or any shipper who completes the air waybill document. Effective date is Jan. 1, 2016, for those carriers who issued a variation, or others who wish to enforce it without issuing a written variation. Check your forwarder or carrier to confirm if they have adopted this requirement.
Packing Instruction 965(Sections 1A, 1B, II) – Effective April 1, 2016:
a) Lithium Ion Batteries (UN3480) must be offered at 30% state of charge (SoC) of their rated design capacity.
b) Shippers of Section II batteries may not offer more than one package per consignment, or one package per overpack.
Packing Instruction 968:- Effective April 1, 2016:
a) Shippers of Section II batteries may not offer more than one package per consignment, or one package per overpack.
Packing Instruction 970 – Effective April 1, 2016:
a) Section II (contained in equipment) – Equipment must be packed in strong rigid, outer packagings.
These are highlights of the document.
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