Canadian Lithium Battery Airline Transport Regulations & Resources

lipoThe following are some online resources that relate to the regulations and safe allowable transporting of lithium batteries on airlines.

CATSA – Guidelines for Batteries

Most batteries are generally safe for air travel. Infrequently, batteries can short-circuit and overheat and in some cases cause sparks or a fire. This page provides tips for travelling with batteries, including how to properly pack spare batteries.

Transport Canada – Did you know that Lithium Batteries are Dangerous Goods?

Lithium batteries are dangerous goods, much like gasoline, propane, and sulphuric acid.

In Canada, the shipping and importing of lithium batteries are subject to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992 and its Regulations.

Transport Canada – Passenger’s Baggage

Consumer electronic devices: (watches, calculating machines, cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers, camcorders, etc.) containing lithium or lithium ion cells or batteries when carried by passengers or crew for personal use which should be carried as carry-on baggage. Spare batteries must be individually protected so as to prevent short circuits (by placing in original retail packaging or by otherwise insulating terminals, e.g. by taping over exposed terminals or placing each battery or cells in a separate plastic bag or protective pouch) and carried in carry-on baggage only.

Government of Canada – What you can bring on a plane

Remember that you should carry spare lithium batteries or lithium batteries contained in equipment—like your cell phone, laptop or tablet—with you in your carry-on baggage.

Air Canada – Restricted and prohibited items

Lithium metal or lithium ion cells and batteries: Portable electronic devices containing lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries, such as watches, calculating machines, cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers*, camcorders, etc., are accepted under the following conditions…

Lithium Metal Batteries as Cargo in 2015 – IATA Updated Regulations

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Lithium batteries have become the preferred energy source to power a wide variety of consumer goods ranging from mobile phones to children’s toys to e-bikes. Though widely used, most people are not aware that lithium batteries are dangerous goods and can pose a safety risk if not prepared in compliance with the transport regulations.

To help with their compliance requirements, IATA has developed guidance information for shippers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, airlines and passengers.

Lithium metal batteries transported as cargo will be restricted to Cargo Aircraft Only from 1 January 2015. The prohibition on the carriage on passenger aircraft only applies to lithium metal batteries when shipped by themselves, and does not apply to batteries packed with equipment or contained in equipment.

Full details can be found here.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 250 airlines or 84% of total air traffic. They support many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.