New 2016 Lithium Ion Battery Shipping Regulations
As you may have read in the media, Starting April 1st 2016 regulations are being implemented about the shipping of Lithium batteries onboard aircraft.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has issued new Global air transportation regulations that take effect April 1, 2016. These changes limit lithium ion battery shipments and were driven by increased global industry concerns around air transportation safety.
In summary, the ICAO regulations:
- Prohibit transportation of bulk lithium ion batteries (3 or more batteries) on passenger aircraft
- Limit the Battery State of Charge (SOC) to 30% on bulk lithium ion battery orders shipping via cargo aircraft.
- Bulk lithium ion batteries shipments are classified as Dangerous Goods (DG).
For us to remain in compliance with these regulations effective April 1st 2016 we will not process orders for Lithium Ion Batteries shipping to Non-US addresses or addresses in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands or APO/FPO as these generally require travel onboard aircraft, including the possibility of passenger aircraft travel.
Orders received for these items falling into the above categories will be cancelled and all funds promptly refunded.
Please keep in mind this only applies to Lithium Ion or Lithium Polymer batteries, we will continue to process orders for all other items.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions about any specific products or available options for shipping dangerous goods. We are happy to work on all needs on a case-by-case basis.
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