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Lithium Batteries as Cargo in 2016 Update III

Updated: Jun 14, 2019


Lithium Batteries as Cargo in 2016 Update III


Additional Changes for Lithium Ion Batteries

On 22 February the ICAO Council adopted the recommendation of the ICAO Air Navigation

Commission (ANC) that lithium ion batteries, UN 3480, Packing Instruction 965 only, be

forbidden, on an interim basis, as cargo on passenger aircraft. The prohibition does not

apply to lithium ion batteries packed with equipment or lithium ion batteries contained in

equipment, UN 3481, Packing Instruction 966 and Packing Instruction 967 respectively.

The prohibition becomes effective 1 April 2016, as applies to the requirements that lithium

ion batteries, UN 3480, PI 965, to be shipped at a state of charge of no more than 30% of

their rated capacity, and other changes advised through the addendum to the 57th edition

of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) issued in January of this year.

A further addendum to the DGR will be issued later this week to align with the issuance

of Addendum 4 to the ICAO Technical Instructions. The addenda to the DGR are

available from the IATA website at:

http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dgr/Pages/download.aspx

The final changes for lithium batteries effective 1 April 2016 are as follows.

Changes to the Provisions for Lithium Batteries

Effective 1 April 2016

1. UN 3480, PI 965, Section IA and IB. Lithium ion cells and batteries must be offered for

transport at a state of charge (SoC) not exceeding 30% of their rated design capacity.

Cells and/or batteries at a SoC of greater than 30% may only be shipped with the

approval of the State of Origin and the State of the Operator under the written

conditions established by those authorities.

UN 3480, PI 965, Section IA and IB are forbidden for carriage on passenger aircraft. All

packages must bear the Cargo Aircraft Only label in addition to the other marks and

labels required by the Regulations.

Note:

Guidance and methodology for determining the rated capacity can be found in the UN

Manual of Tests and Criteria, 5th Revised Edition, Amend. 1 and Amend. 2, Section

38.3.2.3.

2. UN 3480, PI 965, Section II. Lithium ion cells and batteries must be offered for

transport at a state of charge (SoC) not exceeding 30% of their rated design capacity.