A set of videos recently published by the UK CAA has further illustrated the potential danger of Li-ion batteries on board aircraft. A link to one relevant to air cargo handling is here. The video series follows the increasing use of high energy Li-ion technology and has some alarming footage from recent fires caused by Li-ion batteries, both on the ground and in the air and stresses the importance of not using counterfeit batteries and making sure any company shipping the product has followed the rigorous checks required.
Key considerations are that any personal items that contain Li-ion batteries must either be secured in the host item like a laptop or tablet or if loose must have the terminals safely protected. When it comes to larger shipments of these batteries or their host product, there are specific regulations issued by ICAO (Internaional Civil Aviation Organisation) and IATA (International Air Transport Association) that define authorised handling standards.
Key staff at GLM will continue to have regular CAA approved Li-ion handling training as part of GLM’s air cargo security training. If you are not sure about how to safely transport products containg Li-ion batteries GLM staff can assist.
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.