The U.N. aviation agency on 22nd February 2016 prohibited shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, following concerns by pilots and plane makers that they are a fire risk.
Lithium metal batteries, which are used in watches, have already been banned on passenger planes globally. Lithium metal batteries, used in watches, are not rechargable while lithium-ion batteries, used in cell phones and laptops, can be recharged.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) said the prohibition would be in effect as of April 1st 2016, and would be maintained until a new fire-resistant packaging standard is designed to transport the batteries. Lithium-ion batteries can still be transported on cargo planes.
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Mark Bonner, GLM’s Operations Director noted; “Although several major airlines have already stopped taking Li-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, this latest news from ICAO reinforces the concern over these batteries. The most important thing for anyone involved in transporting batteries is to ensure that the correct packaging, labelling and control regulations are followed”.
Established in 1996 and based near London’s Heathrow Airport, GLM provide a range of tailored logistics services for the marketing departments of leading brands, sports sponsorship agencies and event management businesses. Our clients include Shell, Diageo, McLaren Group, Mercedes F1 and other sports marketing agencies and sponsors. GLM operates a worldwide partner network and is an IATA registered forwarder with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 accreditation.