Air operators are required to comply with Special Provision A154 of the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods which stipulate that “lithium batteries identified by the manufacturer as being defective for safety reasons; or that have been damaged; or that have the potential of producing a dangerous evolution of heat, fire or short circuit are forbidden for transport by air (e.g. those being returned to the manufacturer for safety reasons). The same provision can be found in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.
It is essential that all in the secure supply chain and air cargo industries stay up to date with developments that impact their business and the safety and security of the aviation industry.
The transport of lithium batteries by air is a complex subject that requires companies to stay up to date with all applicable regulations.
The best way to do this is to ensure that you have access to the latest IATA DGR and Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines. These publications are now available in the 2017 edition.
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