Shipping Lithium Batteries by AIR

A recent string of high-profile incidents, involving the transportation of lithium ion batteries, has highlighted the need for adjusted transport regulations.  Despite the growing demand for both lithium ion and lithium metal batteries, the transport of such items remains inherantly dangerous.  As industry innovation marches ahead, adaptation of the rules is crucial in order to maintain an acceptable level of safety.  The latest correction is reflected in the 57th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.  These changes are emphasized in the summaries and packing instructions below -

The following are to be used only as reference material only:


Lithium Ion Batteries (PI965)

Summary of Requirements:

Section IB

Section II


Lithium Metal Batteries (PI968)

Summary of Requirements:

Section IB

Section II

DescriptionPacking Instruction
Lithium Ion BatteriesPI965
Lithium Ion Batteries Packed with EquipmentPI966
Lithium Ion Batteries Contained in EquipmentPI967
Lithium Metal BatteriesPI968
Lithium Metal Batteries Packed with EquipmentPI969
Lithium Metal Batteries Contained in EquipmentPI970

Additional Resources:

Lithium battery shipping document template (accompanying document for section IB & II batteries)

Transport Canada - lithium batteries (definitions, calculating watt-hour ratings & lithium content, etc.)

IATA DG Regulations - lithium batteries