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Lithium batteries are embargoed by many airlines, and market supply is affected

Back source: Industry News Time: 2020-08-26 14:57:08

Civil Aviation Resources Network, May 19, 2015 news: According to Bloomberg News, in order to prevent air crashes caused by lithium batteries, at least 18 airlines in the United States banned cargo lithium electronic batteries this year, and the pilot union is also fighting to ban all passenger flights ( Unless transportation has higher security).

  The representative of the Battery Manufacturers Association said that expelling lithium batteries from the US$6.4 trillion air freight market would disrupt the supply chain of lithium battery products for many companies, such as iPhone mobile phones and Lenovo computer batteries. The world produces 5.5 billion lithium batteries every year, and up to 30% of them are sold by air transportation. Due to the air transportation ban, the supply of defibrillator battery equipment in Australia and New Zealand has been affected.

   Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA) director George Kerchner said: "Anyone who needs to transport lithium batteries will be affected by this, no matter who you are, whether the company is small or large."


  According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the world’s top ten cargo airlines: Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Luxair, and Qatar Airways have banned passenger and cargo flights from transporting large quantities of lithium batteries since January this year. Singapore Airlines, which is also ranked in the top ten, only does not allow carriage on passenger flights. Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and United Airlines prohibit the transportation of lithium batteries on all flights.

   Although some airlines ban lithium batteries, there are other alternative routes to choose from. Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong flight no longer transports all lithium battery goods, but China Southern Airlines can transport it from Guangzhou.

   UPS and FedEx (FedEx) spokespersons respectively stated in the email that they also did not embargo lithium batteries.

Security risks

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted combustion experiments on lithium batteries in 2005 and 2006. The results showed that the laptop battery burst and within 30 seconds began to spray a highly flammable liquid, which would ignite other nearby batteries , Resulting in a violent explosion, producing fireballs and explosive shock waves.

   In 2014, the FAA received 11 reports of fire, smoke, high heat and explosion accidents caused by lithium batteries. IATA said: "This is only a small part of the global lithium battery accidents. Airlines must use clear and comprehensive methods to prevent lithium battery safety hazards."

   Lithium batteries will burn as long as they are slightly damaged. In 2011, on a plane flying from Lismore Island, Australia to Sydney, a misplaced iPhone internal screw caused damage to the battery of the phone. Smoke from the battery filled the suitcase.

  The transportation of large quantities of batteries will lead to serious consequences. On September 3, 2010, a United Parcel Service (UPS) Boeing 747 cargo plane crashed in the desert near Dubai. The plane once carried 81,000 lithium batteries. According to the official accident report, due to heavy smoke in the cockpit at the time, the pilot could neither see the instrument panel nor the window, which eventually led to a tragedy.

New regulations for lithium batteries

  International Airlines Pilots Association (Air Line Pilots Association International) Dangerous Goods Program Director Mark Rogers (Mark Rogers) said that relatively loose regulations and huge transportation volume make lithium batteries particularly unique in dangerous goods air cargo.

  The regulations regarding the air transportation of lithium batteries are constantly changing. In April, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed to amend relevant regulations to ensure the safety of transporting large quantities of lithium batteries at a meeting held in Montreal, while other lithium batteries installed in equipment and passenger luggage are considered not too big Risks, most of them are not within the scope of the embargo.

Rogers said that the new battery transportation regulations stipulate that at least before 2017, all goods that may release cooling gel or contain overheated melts that cause fires will not be available on cargo aircraft. Unless there is a fire on passenger flights, lithium batteries are not currently banned. Shipped out.

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