International Air Cargo Association wants global rules on air transport of lithium batteries

Given the significance and complexity of the many issues relating to air shipments of lithium batteries as cargo, mail and baggage, the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) published a position paper representing the views of its membership, which includes all sectors of the air cargo industry.

The association urges all appropriate government regulators to abide by global principles when considering issues related to air transportation of lithium batteries.

TIACA believes that any regulations on air transportation of lithium batteries should be global in nature and recognizes that ICAO is the appropriate forum for reaching consensus on international civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and policies in support of a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector.

According to TIACA there must be robust compliance with and enforcement of regulations relating to the manufacture, shipment and air transportation of lithium batteries as cargo, mail and baggage.

Too often manufacturers and shippers in certain regions of the world fail to properly prepare their lithium battery shipments, with little consequence.

Regulators should work with their counterparts in other countries to improve oversight, particularly those countries with significant lithium battery exports, and should assist in training to upgrade enforcement efforts.

Industry stakeholders must also seek to ensure compliance and to reduce the incidence of undeclared and mis-declared (intentional or unintentional) shipments.

Source: TIACA

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