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View from the Board - Flying safely with Lithium Batteries on board.

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 16, 2017
Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017

Flying safely with Lithium Batteries on board.


The Dangerous Goods regulations for 2017 include additional safety measures for air transportation of lithium batteries. Regulations of lithium batteries are continuously discussed, amended, and changed following safety concerns and incidents in order to continuously assess and mitigate transport risks. Regulators set up structured and defined responsibilities to stakeholders involved in air transportation of lithium batteries. Certain airlines may apply additional limitations on lithium battery transport based on their own considerations and risk assessment.


 TIACA points out that compliance begins with lithium battery manufacturers and shippers much before the transport of the shipment itself.  manufacturers and shippers are responsible for complying with design, testing, and preparation of batteries prior to and during battery production in order to ensure that the batteries perform and withstand air transport conditions. Recent experiences and reports about lithium battery transport show how crucial manufacturer and shipper compliance with the regulations is and the consequences of non-compliance on air transport. Looking forward to a new year of collaboration, TIACA encourages members and partners to join efforts, raise awareness, share, and exchange knowledge so that we can safely and successfully continue to transport lithium batteries by air.

Lucas Kuehner
Global head of Air Freight

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