June 23rd, 2012 | Posted in General
During the week of June 25th, PRBA will participate in a meeting of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods in Geneva, Switzerland and present five papers on lithium ion batteries. The papers address the packaging and testing of new lithium ion batteries and the transport of waste lithium ion batteries and damaged and defective lithium ion batteries. PRBA’s papers can be downloaded from the UN’s website at http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc3/c3inf41.html.
June 2nd, 2012 | Posted in General
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) published a final rule on May 14, 2012 that aligns the USPS’s International Mail Manual (IMM) with the lithium battery provisions of the current Universal Postal Union (UPU) Convention. (See 77 Fed. Reg. 28259.) The change will mean that the USPS no longer will accept lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries or equipment packed with or containing them when mailed internationally or to and from an APO, FPO, or DPO location effective May 16, 2012. However, starting January 1, 2013, the USPS is expected to begin accepting equipment containing small lithium cells and batteries, which would be consistent with new UPU Convention standards on lithium batteries and ICAO Technical Instructions that take effect on that date.