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2022/12/02

Lithium Battery by Air

  —  NEW Dangerous Goods Best Practice 020 (BP020) (最新)香港鋰電池最佳行業指引20號文件 

     “Best Practice for Consigning Lithium Cells / Batteries in Hong Kong”  ISSUED (02 Dec 2022)

— BP020 is jointly issued by HAFFA and the Dangerous Goods Working Group under the Carrier Liaison Group (CLG-DGWG) for industry reference only. 香港貨運物流業協會及航空公司貨運聯絡小組危險品工作小組聯合發佈

—  You are strongly requested to observe the requirements of individual carrier and forwarders for air-cargo carriage. 請留意個別承運人和貨運代理對空運貨物的個別要求

   

BP020 (With effect from 01 Jan 2023) ISSUED (02 Dec 2022)

HAFFA and the CLG-DGWG remain at the forefront to introduce DG Best Practice to the air cargo industry in response to the latest changes in lithium batteries under the 64th Edition IATA DGR (2023) (with effect from 01 January 2023), and the increasing local/global dangerous goods safety concern. We worked together to provide an updated version of the Best Practice (BP) with operational guidance for Members and the industry. Please note the number of the best practice is changed from "BP019" to "BP020" to avoid confusion in the market. That means, “Lithium Batteries Best Practice BP020” will replace “Lithium Batteries Best Practice BP019” with effect from 01 Jan 2023.   

Please note the best practice is jointly issued by HAFFA and the CLG-DGWG for industry reference only. Shippers and freight forwarders are required to follow the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, requirement of the HKCAD and the requirement of individual carriers for the air carriage of shipments containing lithium batteries at all times.

Please find below the major changes of the BP020 for your easy reference:

Part 2 – Documentation / Packaging & Labelling / Packing Requirements

Documentation

  • Footnote 2 Updated: The statement “Dangerous goods as per attached Shipper's Declaration” or “Dangerous goods as per attached DGD” as shown in the 61st Edition of IATA DGR may continue to be used until 31 December 2024.

Packaging & Labelling

  • Item Added: "Each package must be capable of withstanding a force applied to the top surface equivalent to the total weight of identical packages stacked to a height of 3m for a duration of 24 hours."

Packing Requirements

  • Item Supplemented: Section II of UN3481 & UN3091 under “Must not packed in the same outer packaging with dangerous goods classified as Class 1 other than Div 1.4S, Div 2.1, Class 3, Div 4.1 or Div 5.1."

Overpack Requirements

  • Item Amended 

Part 3 – Lithium Battery Hazard Label and Lithium Battery Mark

Lithium battery mark for Section IB and II

  • Item Removed: the requirement of telephone number has been removed.
  • Item Updated: the mark illustrated in Figure 7.1.C of the 63rd edition of IATA DGR may continue to be used until 31st December 2026.

Part 6 – Case Sharing

Undeclared Shipment

  • Item Amended

Mis-Undeclared Shipment

  • Item Amended 

Part 7 – Un/Mis-declared lithium battery incidents summary (HKG 2019-2022)

  • Item Added: "Shipment containing un/mis-declared lithium battery - examples of goods description on Air Waybill."
  • Item Added: "Shipment destination by region."

 

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   IATA relevant links: 

- Guidance Document for Lithium Batteries (2022)  NEW (19 Nov 2021)
    

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IATA Dangerous Goods Regulation (DGR)

Significant changes to the 64th edition (2023) of the IATA DGR NEW (13 Sep 2022)

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Significant changes to the 63rd edition (2022) of the IATA DGR NEW (28 Sep 2021)

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 —   CAD relevant links:

      Please visit: https://www.haffa.com.hk/portal/Page/Default.aspx?id=169

—  “Case Sharing for “Solar Street Light” Shipment”  ISSUED (01 Jun 2021)

  

“Case Sharing for “Solar Street Light” Shipment”  新危險品最佳指引 - 太陽能路燈」最佳指引 ISSUED (01 Jun 2021)

Recently a mis-declared Lithium Battery RLI shipment had been intercepted during Air-waybill acceptance with the AWB commodity name “Solar Street Light” Shipment” 太陽能路燈, declared under UN3481 PI967 Section II ELI.  It was later found that one large batteries pack installed in equipment which is over 260Wh and therefore should be classified as RLI UN3481 Section I. 

 

It is noted that some airlines may now request for more information (see details in the Best Practice) and will ask for further verification for any shipment declared “Solar Street Light” or similar declaration as PI966/967 Section II.  Or else, the shipment and/or the related ULD will be held at CTO after clarification while forwarder may also be requested to come to CTO for open box inspection if deemed necessary. 


In this regard, Freight Forwarders and/or Shippers are highly recommended to contact the individual airlines to check their latest requirements and/or pre-arrangement if required, and to be vigilant when accepting lithium battery equipment shipment and comply to latest IATA DG regulation. 

Please note the Case Sharing is jointly issued by the CLG-DGWG and HAFFA for industry reference only. Shippers and freight forwarders shall always follow the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, requirement of the HKCAD and the requirement of individual carriers for the air carriage of shipments containing lithium batteries at all times.

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 —  Joint Seminar: DG Awareness with a Focus on the CBTA, 11 Nov 2022 

  • Nov 2022: Presentation Slides   NEW (updated on 11 Nov 2022) 

Significant Changes and Amendments of the 2023-2024 Edition of the ICAO by HKCAD 

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Latest changes in IATA DGR in year 2023, Case Sharing and CAOP by CLG-DGWG

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 —  Joint Seminar: DG Awareness with a Focus on the Lithium Battery, 15 Dec 2020 

  • Dec 2020: Presentation Slides   NEW (updated on 15 Dec 2020) 

Changes in ICAO TI in year 2021 by HKCAD 

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Latest changes in IATA DGR in year 2021 by CLG-DGWG

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Supplement to 2 Questions received prior to the webinar (NEW!)

[Download here]

  • Dec 2018: Presentation Slides    (last updated on 20 Dec 2018) 

Changes in ICAO TI in year 2019 by HKCAD 

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Latest changes in IATA DGR in year 2019 by CLG-DGWG

[Download here]

Latest amendment in the DGR (Appendix H)  by IATA : 
DG Training under Competency-based training & assessment (CBTA) approach. A driver for change

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 DG AutoCheck by IATA

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