ON March 31st, 2023, ICAO published an addendum to its TI, or Technical Instructions for the Safe Handling of Dangerous Goods by Air. The ICAO TI forms the regulatory basis for the more familiar IATA DGR, which is essentially an industry document that enforces (and can often add to) the ICAO regulations. The new ICAO addendum deals with the carriage of lithium batteries contained in equipment in checked or carry-on baggage by passengers:
The following amendment is approved and published by decision of the Council of ICAO and should be incorporated into the 2023–2024 Edition of the Technical Instructions (Doc 9284) with an applicability date of 27 March 2023:
In Part 8, Chapter 1, page 8-1-3, Table 8-1, amend sub-paragraph e) to read as follows:
e) portable electronic devices containing batteries should be carried as carry-on baggage; however, if carried as checked baggage: – measures must be taken to prevent unintentional activation and to protect the devices from damage; and – the devices must be completely switched off (not in sleep or hibernation mode) if the batteries exceed:
– for lithium metal batteries, a lithium content of 0.3 grams; or
– for lithium-ion batteries, a Watt-hour rating of 2.7 Wh.
It’s likely that the IATA DGR rules will also change to reflect this revision, so be sure to keep an eye open for it—as will we!
Meanwhile, see the addendum HERE
IATA also posted an Addendum (Addendum II) to the DGR. The Addendum modifies PI 952 with respect to the carriage of lithium batteries. It also revises a number of carrier limitations, many of which also have to do with lithium batteries.
See the new addendum: