Source: Benzinga Feeds
Alarmed by rogue shippers flouting regulations for safe transport of lithium batteries on cargo aircraft, the world’s leading airline trade group has renewed calls for governments to crack down on violators, and developed a centralized system to report and quantify those incidents. Concern centers around counterfeit, undeclared and misdeclared lithium batteries from shippers who cut costs by violating international regulations and standards for safe transport. Unsafe situations also arise when uneducated parties unwittingly ship batteries and other dangerous goods without proper packaging and disclosure. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and a coalition of import/export organizations and global associations representing logistics and other air cargo interests last month issued a declaration urging regulators to deal more forcefully with noncompliant shipments of lithium batteries. “Airlines, shippers and manufacturers have worked hard to establish rules that ensure lithium batteries can be carried safely.