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New Standards for the Transport of Lithium BatteriesJuly 31–The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today issued new standards to strengthen safety conditions for the shipment of lithium cells and batteries. Lithium batteries are used to power equipment such as cell phones and laptops. They can pose a hazard if not properly packaged, shipped and transported.

The new rules will provide an additional layer of protection to the shipment of lithium batteries. “Today’s standards are part of our ongoing work to improve safety for all travelers, including those who travel with or ship lithium batteries,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The FAA worked closely with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to develop the rule. Voluntary compliance is encouraged upon publication of the final rule; however mandatory compliance is effective six months after publication.

The rule will also provide a greater level of consistency with international standards, including the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by air.

PHMSA develops the rules for the transport of hazardous materials and the FAA enforces the regulations regarding the transportation of hazardous material on board aircraft. >See Press Release