US DOT Issues Interim Final Rule for Lithium Batteries – Shipment by Air

Posted on: March 6, 2019

by Steve Schulte, CHMM, CPP, Fellow

On February 27, 2019, the PHMSA (Office of Pipeline Hazardous Materials Administration in conjunction with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) issued an Interim Final Rule prohibiting the transport of lithium ion cells or batteries as cargo on passenger carrying aircraft.  The Interim Final Rule also requires that lithium ion cells and batteries be shipped at no more than a 30 percent state of charge aboard Cargo Only Aircraft.

For a full discussion of the Interim Final Rule, please refer to PHMSA’s website:

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