(Has SP A123 changed to include application to wet storage batteries?)

Q.
In reference to SP A123, did the 55th Edition DGR change it to include wet batteries? We always had the impression that SP A123 was installed as applicable to dry batteries. Does it mean that from now on we need to enter the words “Not Restricted” to nickel-hydride and nickel-cadmium batteries, too?  (28 Feb 14)

A.
Special Provision A123 has not been changed since its initial implementation. This entry applies to Batteries, electric storage, not otherwise listed in the List of Dangerous Goods (DGR 4.2). Examples of such batteries are alkali-manganese, zinc-carbon, nickel-metal hydride and nickel-cadmium batteries. Any electrical battery or battery powered device, equipment or vehicle having the potential of a dangerous evolution of heat must be prepared for transport so as to prevent:

(a) A short-circuit, and
(b) Accidental activation.

The words “Not Restricted” and the Special Provision number must be included on the AWB as required by DGR 8.2.6.
This has never changed since SP A123 was introduced.

With the 55th Ed DGR, a total of 14 items such as UN 1327 Hay, Straw and Bhusa which had UN numbers assigned but not listed in the Air DGR were added to the list. Among them was UN 3496 Batteries, nickel-metal hydride which is prohibited for ocean transport. SP A806 was introduced to allow UN 3496 for air transport per SP A123.

All batteries not listed by name in the blue pages will come under SP A123 for carriage by air.


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