SOUTH KOREA: South Korea opposes stricter battery rules

South Korean officials and industry leaders have voiced their opposition to proposed new rules on lithiumion battery shipments that could cost major exporters hundreds of millions of dollars a year. US regulators are set to toughen rules on how the batteries and devices containing them are shipped on cargo planes amid concerns the products may […]


South Korean officials and industry leaders have voiced their opposition to proposed new rules on lithiumion battery shipments that could cost major exporters hundreds of millions of dollars a year. US regulators are set to toughen rules on how the batteries and devices containing them are shipped on cargo planes amid concerns the products may catch fire and cause an aircraft to crash. The rules require shippers to treat cellphones, laptops and other popular gadgets like iPhones as hazardous materials, with the full weight of regulation and added costs coming with the new classification. The regulations, proposed by the US Department of Transportation, are being reviewed at the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.