Are lithium batteries properly handled now?
Several months ago we have published an update on the new regulations concerning lithium batteries. In a nutshell lithium batteries are considered dangerous goods and should be handled as such. However, according to The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) assistant director for cargo safety and standards, Dave Brennan, in many instances lithium batteries are still prepared and shipped improperly. This remains the largest challenge in dangerous goods transportation.
Members of IATA keep finding undeclared and counterfeit lithium batteries. Brennan says IATA member airlines are continuing to find, which pose a significant safety risk to both the air transport sector and the end users, as the batteries have been shown to be susceptible to catching fire, particularly during charging.
“IATA continues to call on governments and regulatory authorities to perform oversight, surveillance and, where necessary, enforcement actions of the manufacturers and shippers of lithium batteries to ensure the safety of the air transport supply chain,” states Brennan.