Revised regulation - Li-Ion batteries by air
You may be aware of revised regulation surrounding the transportation of rechargeable Lithium ion (li-ion) batteries by air. Here we provide you with the background to these changes and our actions.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) agreed to sweeping changes to the Lithium ion and Lithium metal battery packing Instructions in the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air during its October 19 – 30 meeting in Montreal. The most significant of these is a 30% state of charge (SoC) limit on Lithium ion cells and batteries shipped by air in accordance with Packing Instruction 965 of the ICAO Technical Instructions. Cells and batteries may exceed a 30% SoC if approved by the competent authority in the country of origin and the operator (airline). The DGP’s SoC limit does not apply to lithium ion cells or batteries packed with or contained in products such as cell phones, power tools, tablets, medical devices, electric vehicles and military equipment.
Accutronics OEM customers will not need to be concerned with state of charge prior to shipping batteries to their customers as we modified our internal processes so that all Lithium ion batteries leaving our facility were shipped at or below 30% SoC prior to the 1st April deadline.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released a summary of these changes, which can be downloaded here. In addition, we have prepared a short FAQ that may assist you:
Q1: What about battery stock I am holding? Do these batteries need to be shipped at ≤30% SoC if I want to ship by air?
Q2: What is the SoC for batteries Accutronics currently ships to me?
Q3: Will the reduced SoC mean a shorter shelf-life for the battery?
Q4: Why does Accutronics not start shipping at ≤30% SoC immediately?
Q5: What if I never ship by air or want to manage the state of charge myself? Can Accutronics still ship by road or sea at a higher state of charge?
Q6: I charge the batteries at my facility before I send them (by air) with my equipment. Do they need to be at ≤30% SoC?
Q7: The statement at the top of this page states that “cells and batteries may exceed a 30% SoC if approved by the competent authority in the country of origin and the operator (airline)”- why not just get this approval?
Q8: As an OEM, how do I know the state of charge of my battery before I ship it?
Q9: Will Accutronics provide some sort of evidence that batteries are shipped ≤30% SoC?
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us; we will either answer you directly or refer your question to our technical staff who are tasked with implementing this process change across our business.
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