Lithium Battery Shipping Guidance Document

International Air Transport Association (IATA) has developed guidance information on the transportation of lithium batteries for shippers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, airlines and passengers to assist with compliance.

To assist shippers in understanding the complete requirements related to the transport of lithium batteries, including packing instructions, IATA has prepared the updated Lithium Battery Guidance Document (pdf).

This 2021 guidance document includes updated and additional FAQs for shippers to learn how to comply with the 62nd (2021) Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) on definitions, classifications, exceptions, and prohibitions. 

Lithium batteries have become the preferred energy source to power a wide variety of consumer goods ranging from mobile phones to children toys to cars and e-bikes. Though widely used, most people are not aware that lithium batteries are dangerous goods that can pose a safety risk if not prepared in accordance with the transport regulations.

Transport Canada has detailed information on the shipping and importing devices containing lithium batteries.

For more details and information on lithium batteries requirements to be met visit IATA webpage here.