Segregation for Lithium Batteries


Segregation for Lithium Batteries

The new edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) has introduced segregation provisions for certain packages containing lithium batteries. This has been a result of our better understanding of the risks posed by one of the most common dangerous goods that are shipped worldwide. While some of these provisions will come into effect immediately together with the rest of the new provisions on January 1st, 2018, for others a transitional period has been devised.


The segregation table (Table 9.3.A) indicates what dangerous goods must not be stowed on an aircraft next to each or in a position that would allow interaction between them in the event of leakage. In the 59th edition of the DGR, the table has been updated to include the new segregation requirements for packages containing:

  • Lithium ion batteries (UN 3090) prepared in accordance with Section IA or Section IB of packing instruction 965.

  • Lion metal batteries (UN 3480) prepared in accordance with Section IA or Section IB of packing instruction 968.

These are the only dangerous goods from class 9 that have segregation requirements. As per paragraph 9.3.2.1.3, they must be segregated from dangerous goods bearing a hazard label for Class 1 (other than Division 1.4S), Division 2.1, Class 2, Division 4.1 or Division 5.1.