Lithium batteries cannot be shipped as air cargo

Lithium batteries cannot be shipped as air cargo

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:34 pm

Canada will be joining other countries in banning air cargo shipments of lithium batteries on January 1, 2015. The batteries used in devices by passengers (medical or personal) are not affected.
The ICAO implemented the ban in 2014, after an investigation into two fires linked to the batteries aboard Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2013. Those fires, one in the air over Japan, the other on the ground in Boston, led to the grounding of the entire Dreamliner fleet.

Canada’s prohibition comes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, to comply with the ICAO ban.
Lithium metal batteries are non-rechargeable batteries used in calculators, pacemakers, hearing aids, remote car locks, and watches.
They can overheat and catch fire if kept in the wrong conditions, and there have been multiple recalls of lithium metal products.
Only batteries shipped separately as cargo are affected by the ban, not batteries already contained in or packed with equipment.
The ban does not affect travellers' personal devices such as laptops and smartphones, which usually use lithium ion batteries.
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