IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document 2020

IATA has published the updated Lithium Battery Guidance Document to include changes in the regulations effective from the 1st January 2020 and onwards.

The guidance includes details of the new lithium battery test summary:

Effective 1 January 2020, manufacturers and subsequent distributors of cells or batteries and equipment powered by cells and batteries manufactured after 30 June 2003 must make available the test summary as specified in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, Revision and amend. 1, Part III, sub-section 38.3, paragraph 38.3.5.

Quoted from page 4 of the 2020 IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document

This requirement is for the manufacturer and subsequent distributors to make this test summary available. It’s interesting to note there is no expectation for this to be provided as a paper document with each consignment containing lithium cells or batteries (thankfully). Manufacturers and subsequent distributors are encouraged to make use of technology to facilitate the availability of the test summary. This aligns with the IATA strategy to digitalise the air cargo industry. Let’s hope all competent authorities will be aligned with this expectation.