On February 22, the ICAO Council adopted the recommendation of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC) that lithium ion batteries, UN 3480, Packing Instruction 965 only, be forbidden, on an interim basis, as cargo on passenger aircraft.
EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2016
As a result, all packages prepared in accordance with Section IA, IB or II of Packing Instruction 965 will be forbidden for carriage on passenger aircraft starting April 1, 2016.
To comply with the international dangerous goods regulations, Air Canada will no longer accept consignments containing lithium ion batteries, UN 3480, for transport as cargo as of April 1. This restriction will remain in place until such time as the regulations are changed to permit such transport on passenger aircraft.
Please note that the prohibition does not apply to lithium ion batteries packed with equipment or lithium ion batteries contained in equipment, UN 3481, Packing Instruction 966 and Packing Instruction 967 respectively.
A further addendum to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations will be issued shortly to align with the issuance of Addendum 4 to the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods.
Air Canada Cargo will continue to keep you updated about any developments.