Battery transportation by air

Lithium batteries are dangerous goods and can cause serious safety risks if lacking proper preparation and shipped not in compliance with international transport regulations. In a below sections you can find more details about batteries and its types.

Even though lithium is the lightest material among those used in batteries, it has a high electrochemical potential, in addition to the highest energy density by weight. During air transport of lithium batteries, the thermal disruption process may occur, which occurs in a single battery, but begins propagation, affecting other batteries in the same cargo compartment environment.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) implemented drastically more restrictive global regulations on shipping lithium batteries by air, shippers have adapted and done their best to comply. Yet many still find the regulations confusing and have questions about what they can and cannot do.

Battery Types

Mainly, there are 2 types of batteries: Lithium metal and Lithium-ion batteries.

Batteries and Equipment

Batteries can be Contained in Equipment or Packed with Equipment. Certain regulations apply for shipping batteries with equipment.

Prohibitions and Restrictions

Due to the high risk batteries can cause during flight, a bunch of restrictions apply.

Battery Packing

In order to arrange proper packing and shipping, IATA rules shall be followed (on link below see Part 2, p. 11).

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