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Postal Danerous Goods Programs

 

Lithium Batteries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TOPIC: Postal Dangerous Goods Program


DESCRIPTION
Postal regulations and training programs/capabilities are not clearly posted or described, posing a challenge for carriers to confirm compliance or prove compliance to civil aviation regulators. A large issue with the continuing expansion of e-trade (e.g. Amazon, Alibaba) transactions using postal modes.

AFFECTS THESE INDUSTRY SEGMENTS
Postal operators without clear training and categorized instruction on DG as well as more specific procedures for Lithium Batteries may not be able to transport any DANGEROUS GOODS on commercial aircraft. Carriers may not be able to accept such shipments w/o ability to verify compliance from Postal sources

IMPACT
Working with UPU to press for wider publication of training procedures available to carriers and Regulated
Agents, more complete training oversight of postal operators by UPU

TIACA ACTION
Follow up discussions with UPU cargo committee, ongoing discussions in conjunction with Advance Data meetings, next discussions set for January 2016 in Geneva.

NEXT STEPS / MOST CURRENT UPDATES

 

February 11, 2016

Discussions tabled in January, to allow further analysis of Lithium issue within overall DG program. Expect further discussions to resume.



TOPIC: Lithium Batteries

DESCRIPTION
Testing has increased concerns about potential fires from lithium battery shipments. Both Boeing and Airbus recently issued guidance suggesting that lithium batteries not be carried on PAX, except under certain conditions. ICAO’s Dangerous Goods Panel recently considered additional restrictions and, in a close vote, opted not to impose a ban on PAX carriage.

AFFECTS THESE INDUSTRY SEGMENTS
Forwarders, Airlines, Ground handlers, Shippers, Postal Operator, Airports

IMPACT
Air carriage of lithium batteries is significant. Changes to the rules could affect virtually the entire sector. Boeing’s guidance and possible additional actions have the potential to dramatically alter current practice.

TIACA ACTION
Has participated in US regulatory and legislative process. Programmed this subject for ES/AGM 2015. We have tracked ICAO’s ongoing work. TIACA’s Security and Safety Subcommittee has decided to develop a TIACA position paper on this subject, considering the differing affects the issue may have on discrete segments of the air cargo community.

NEXT STEPS / MOST CURRENT UPDATES

 

February 11, 2016

With recent developments and ICAO updates, TIACA will now create a knowledge platform (TIACA web). This issue has a different impact (and point of view) among various segments of the air cargo supply chain, and TIACA will ensure all are aware of the impact, analysis papers and concerns raised by regulators and industry.

The Security and Safety Subcommittee will develop a TIACA position paper. Upon review and clearance by the Industry Affairs Committee and TIACA’s Board of Directors, it will be published and used for advocacy purposes.

   

 

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Subcommittee is considering ways that TIACA might engage with global coalition supporting implementation of TFA.

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