Big changes coming for Lithium Batteries in 2022

In their May 2021 board meeting, IATA decided to remove the Section II lithium battery option from the Dangerous Goods Regulations

Section II is referred to in packing instruction PI965 and PI968, which is used for batteries with smaller lithium-ion or metal content.

When Section II is used, the issue is that the handling, acceptance, and notification requirements do not exist like regular, fully regulated packages. This leaves the carrier vulnerable as they do not know the scope of their specific risk.

What does this mean for shippers? Likely increased cost for packaging, labeling, and training to ensure compliance with the other options. It should be noted that several carriers like UPS (United Parcel Service) and Federal Express (Fed Ex) already do not allow the use of Section II lithium batteries. 

This is all expected to take place in the 63rd edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, with a three-month transition to March 2022. It is anticipated that IATA will submit a paper to the ICAO Dangerous Goods Meeting to incorporate this change into the ICAO Technical Instructions in 2023.

Better start planning now, but also stay tuned for additional news on this change in the coming months.

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Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael has been with ICC since 1988. She has contributed to ICC's growth in various capacities, including customer service, sales, and marketing. In her current role as ICC's Senior Regulatory Expert and SDS author, Karrie conducts hazardous materials training classes in 49 CFR, IATA, IMDG, TDG along with OSHA and WHMIS hazard communication courses. When not training, she writes safety data sheets for customers to comply with North American and European requirements. She actively participates in many associations, including DGAC, COSTHA and is the former chair of SCHC’s OSHA Alliance Committee.