2021 IATA Lithium Batteries Shipping Guidance – What’s New?

With the release of the new 2021 IATA Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines, here is a brief summary of the significant changes that may affect your Lithium Battery shipments. We encourage you to download and read the full IATA Guideline and to read my previous blog on the 2021 IATA Addendum

  • Additions to special provisions A88 and A99, most notably the addition to not simply have the approval of the state of origin, but must now require the state of the operator approval as well.
  • The lithium battery mark size has been updated to allow the label dimensions to be reduced to 100mm x 100mm and even further to 100mm x 70mm, where the package’s size prevents the application of the full-size mark. 

It’s important to note you can still utilize the 120mm X 110mm, but in Canada, Part 4.1A of the TDGR will allow this label to be used as long as it is referenced in either chapter 5.2 or 5.3 of the UN recommendation, which it is ( The United States Part 171, subpart C, will authorize the use of international transport standards and regulations (in this case, ICAO) if some conditions are met and this new sized label is in the new ICAO 2020-2021.

For additional information, I recommend reading Karrie Ishmael’s blog on HM-215.

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Elton Woodfine

Elton Woodfine

Elton Woodfine CD (Canadian Decoration) served 22 years as a member of the Canadian Forces. Initially as an Infantry section Commander in the Princess Patricia Canadian Lite Infantry (PPCLI), he served on two peace keeping missions in the former Yugoslavia, and one combat tour in Afghanistan where his unit was awarded the Governor General Unit Citation for actions in combat. He then continued to serve as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force as a firefighter, where he completed a diploma in Fire Science/ Fire-fighting from Memorial University and Occupational Health and Safety diploma from the University of New Brunswick. Lastly, in his career with the Canadian Forces, he served as a member of the Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU) as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Operator (CBRN Op), part of the Canadian Special Operation Command (CANSOFCOM). Upon his retirement from the Canadian Forces, he took a position as a Life Cycle Management of hazardous materials instructor for the logistical branch of the Department of National Defense and is knowledgeable in NFCC, CEPA 1999, IMHWR, TDGR, ICAO, IATA, IMDG, GHS and OH&S federal regulations.

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