AIR transport

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Lithium batteries restrictions on passenger aircraft

Lithium metal cells and batteries and, from 1st April 2016 also lithium ion cells and batteries, when shipped individually,  are forbidden as cargo on passenger aircraft. This restriction apply to UN 3090 and UN 3480 only; packages must bear the "Cargo Aircraft Only" handling label in addition to other marks and labels required by air transport regulation. This restriction do not apply to lithium cells and batteries contained in equipment or packed with equipment, UN 3091 and UN 3481. Detailed information and updated transport conditions are included in our ebook from 2016 updates.

AIR transport requires lithium ion cells and batteries to be shipped at not more then 30% state of charge

From 1st April 2016 Lithium ion cells and batteries, when shipped individually (UN 3480), are required to be at not more then 30% of their State of Charge (SoC). This requirement do not apply to lithium ion cells and batteries contained in equipment or packed with equipment, (UN 3481). Cells and/or batteries at a SoC greater than 30% may only be shipped with the approval of the State of Origin and the State of the Operator under the written conditions established by those authorities. Guidance and methodology for determining the rated capacity can be found in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, 6th Revised Edition, Section 38.3.2.3.

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