ICAO Recommended Transitional Period

The 54th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulation that became effective on January 1st, 2013 has some significant changes with respect to the packing requirements for Lithium Batteries. These changes affect both Lithium ion batteries (UN 3480) and Lithium metal batteries (UN 3090).

The new Regulations are becoming more restrictive specifically towards the smaller batteries that many people would be most familiar with. In the past, large Lithium ion batteries that might be used for machinery were fully regulated and this is not changing.  The people who will notice a difference are those who send batteries for cell phones, laptops, toys, and other small items.

ICAO has put forth a recommendation that a one-month transitional grace period should be allowed, which would permit the use of the 53rd Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulation (2012 Version) until January 31st, 2013 for shipping Lithium ion batteries and Lithium metal batteries.

http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dgr/Pages/lithium-batteries.aspx

In this way, shippers are still granted the option to use the current version of the Regulations to package batteries that are to be sent early in the new year.

Due to the increased quantity of classification within Packing Instructions 965 (Lithium ion batteries) and 968 (Lithium metal batteries), there is a greater likelihood for non-compliance through mistakes.  Shippers who have used the same routine for some time will now be required to further analyze their shipments and gather more Continue Reading…

Changes for IATA & IMDG Code for 2013

Based on the information available to date, the following are some of the changes that will be in the 2013 editions of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and the IMDG Code.

  • lithium ion batteries > 100 Wh but < 160 Wh may be carried as spare batteries in carry-on baggage
  • portable electronic devices containing batteries should be in carry-on baggage and be protected to prevent short circuits
  • medical devices or equipment that contains or may contain infectious substances are not subject to the regulations provided that the item is packed so that there will not be any leakage
  • packages containing medical devices or equipment must be marked “Used Medical Device” or “Used Medical Equipment”
  • lithium cells and batteries must be of a type proved to meet the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria
  • dangerous goods list additions:
    • UN3496 batteries, nickel metal hydride
    • UN3497 krill meal
    • UN3498 iodine monochloride, liquid
    • UN3499 capacitor
    • UN3500 chemical under pressure, n.o.s.
    • UN3501 chemical under pressure, flammable, n.o.s.
    • UN3502 chemical under pressure, toxic, n.o.s.
    • UN3503 chemical under pressure, corrosive, n.o.s.
    • UN3504 chemical under pressure, flammable, toxic, n.o.s.
    • UN3505 chemical under pressure, flammable, corrosive, n.o.s.
    • UN3506 mercury contained in manufactured articles
  • dangerous goods list deletions:
    • UN3492 toxic by inhalation liquid, corrosive, flammable, n.o.s.
    • UN3493 toxic by inhalation liquid, corrosive, flammable, n.o.s.
  • the excepted quantity code for the various silanes has changed to E0
  • special provision 240 applies to vehicles powered by batteries, such as, scooters, e-bikes, wheelchairs, etc. Hybrid vehicles must be consigned under one Continue Reading…