Lithium batteries have become the preferred energy source to power a wide variety of consumer goods ranging from mobile phones to children toys to e-bikes and passenger vehicles.
Though widely used, most people are not aware that lithium batteries are dangerous goods and can pose a safety risk if not prepared in accordance with the transport regulations.
To help with their compliance requirements, IATA has developed guidance information for shippers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, airlines and passengers.
New: Small Lithium Battery-Powered Vehicles
There have been questions raised regarding the classification of small lithium battery-powered vehicles when shipped as cargo. IATA issued a notice providing background on the provisions that apply, specifically the wording of Special Provision A21. This devices, that go by names such as balance wheel, air wheel, solo wheel, mini balance board and hoverboard, are accordingly classified as UN 3171, battery-powered vehicles.