(Effective from 1 April 2016, lithium ion batteries must be shipped at a State of Charge not exceeding 30% of their design capacity. Our question refers to this issue.)

Q.
According to IATA rules, we understand that effective from 01 April 2016, lithium-ion batteries UN 3480 prepared as a shipment under PI 965 must be shipped at a State of Charge not exceeding 30% of the design capacity. We have the following questions and appreciate your guidance.
(1) Is submission of a certificate that the SoC is less than 30% necessary?
(2) If needed, would a certificate by the manufacturer or shipper suffice?
(3) Is such a certificate necessary for each individual shipment? (31 Jan 16)

A.
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.


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