Following ICAO decision, IATA has concluded that effective 01 April 2016, UN 3480 Lithium-ion batteries shipped as is will have to be restricted to a State of Charge (SoC) not to exceed 30% of the design capacity. An addendum to IATA DGR 57th Edition had been issued which is posted in the “Topics” column of this website.
(1) A certificate is not required by the regulation however some airlines may require assurance that the SoC is less than 30%. Please contact and ask your airline whether a certificate is necessary.
(2) Such certificate or guarantee letter may be on manufacturer’s or shipper’s stationery,however, please check with the airline.
(3) An airline requesting a certificate will undoubtedly request such with each shipment. Please check with the airline.
Some airlines may decide to totally ban shipments. It is advisable to check with your airline.