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[post_content] => On 15 August 2016, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced it had issued a letter to trade, industry and transport authorities around the world to call for stricter enforcement of lithium battery shipping regulations.
Issued in cooperation with manufacturing and trade organisations, including the US Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA), Recharge, the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) and others, the letter highlights those lithium battery shippers that currently flout international requirements for properly testing, classifying, packaging, marking and labelling lithium batteries for air transport.
By offering undeclared or inadequately tested lithium batteries for air transport, these “problem shippers” have driven airlines and regulators to take a hard line on accepting lithium batteries for air transport, even from reputable shippers who do follow the complex and sometimes burdensome rules in place.
MORE RULES, LITTLE BENEFIT
Since 2014, US and international regulators have taken action to address the hazards posed by lithium batteries in air transport. In a rare off-schedule rulemaking in 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) took the monumental step of prohibiting all lithium ion batteries shipped alone (UN 3480) from transport on passenger aircraft.
Following that, in August 2015, new lithium battery rules took effect under the US Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), adding lithium battery communication and marking rules, reducing the number of special provisions for ”small” lithium batteries, and more. The US Postal Service (USPS) also issued new rules last year.
The 58th edition of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) (see page 81), which takes effect on 1 January 2017, will include new marks and labels to be used for air shipments of lithium batteries, including a new Class 9 label specifically for shipments containing lithium batteries. In addition, the ICAO changes in effect since April 2016 will be incorporated into the text of the 58th edition.
The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) also sent a new rulemaking proposal on lithium batteries to the Office of Management and Budgets (OMB) in August 2016.
Despite these stricter requirements, IATA and other bodies are concerned that incidents are still being reported. Moreover, the batteries involved in those incidents are non-compliant with existing regulation so the addition of further rules only impacts those shippers who are already compliant.
In the August letter, IATA director general Tony Tyler said: “Airlines, shippers and manufacturers have worked hard to establish rules that ensure lithium batteries can be carried safely. But these rules are only effective if they are enforced and backed up by significant penalties. Government authorities must step up and take responsibility for regulating rogue producers and exporters. And flagrant abuses of dangerous goods shipping regulations, which place aircraft and passenger safety at risk, must be criminalised.”
HELP AT HAND
Lion Technologies is an authorised distributor of the IATA DGR and is taking orders for the 58th edition. A $10 discount and free shipping within the US is on offer. The company also offers and online training course on shipping lithium batteries. This course is updated continuously to cover the latest rules for classifying, packaging, marking, labelling, loading, unloading and filling out shipping papers for lithium battery shipments.
“What you don’t know can
hurt you. Don’t risk rejection or fines up to $77,000 per day, per violation because of a rule you haven’t heard about. Find out what it takes to keep you lithium batteries shipments safe and in compliance, in 2017 and beyond,” says Lion.
About the author: Roger Marks is a specialist technical author with Lion Technologies. For more information go to www.Lion.com.
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