IATA releases lithium battery guidelines

With concern rising rapidly across the airline industry over the safety of transporting lithium batteries the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has just released the first edition of the Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG) providing comprehensive guidance on how to safely ship lithium batteries and products containing Lithium batteries.


IATA releases lithium battery guidelines


With concern rising rapidly across the airline industry over the safety of transporting lithium batteries the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has just released the first edition of the Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG) providing comprehensive guidance on how to safely ship lithium batteries and products containing Lithium batteries.

TheLBSG brings together all of the relevant content of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, as well as detailed examples on packing, marking, labeling and documentation.

Lithium batteries are safe to transport provided that they are designed, tested, manufactured and packaged in accordance with the global transport safety standards, IATA said. “Therefore it is essential that shippers comply with the relevant dangerous goods regulations to meet their safety obligations,” it added.

Two to three lithium battery ‘events’ occur every month according to Chris Glaeser, IATA’s director of global safety, who told industry colleagues that the lithium battery issue was emerging as “a second shock to the cargo world” after the US-bound ink-toner cartridge explosives from Yemen were discovered at Dubai and East Midlands Airport in the UK, in 2010. “I think it is not overblown to say that in safety we [the cargo sector] are 15 years behind our passenger colleagues,” said Glaeser.