International Air Transport steps up efforts to stop rogue lithium battery shipments

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that in partnership with the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) it is amplifying its efforts to ensure the safe air transport of lithium batteries, the association said.

The organizations are renewing calls for governments to crack down on manufacturers of counterfeit batteries and of mis-labeled and non-compliant shipments introduced into the supply chain, by issuing and enforcing criminal sanctions on those responsible.

Consumer demand for lithium batteries is growing by 17 percent annually. With it, the number of incidents involving mis-declared or undeclared lithium batteries has also risen. The industry is uniting to raise awareness of the need to comply. This includes the launching of an incident reporting tool so that information on rogue shippers is shared. And the industry is also asking governments to get much tougher with fines and penalties.

Governments must also play their role with much stricter enforcement of international regulations to ensure the safe transport of these vital shipments. The four trade associations urge regulators to follow through with significant fines and penalties for those who circumvent regulations for the transport of lithium batteries.