PHMSA has recently made changes to the transportation of Lithium Batteries. However, they also announced that they are extending the mode for transportation aside from the air mandatory compliance, and pushing back the date to August 7, 2015.
This push back is in direct correlation to the comments made from numerous stakeholders who claimed that there are far too many regulations to implement the new laws quickly and efficiently by the date stated.
This ruling was done in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and included modifications to the transportation of lithium cells and batteries.
This ruling was in an effort to get the USA on board with the United Nations (UN) Model Regulations for packaging and shipping of lithium batteries. However, PHMSA did provide a six month leeway for organizations to make the necessary changes to harmonize with the law.
This was not enough for leaders in the Retailer, Food Marketing Institute and the National Retail Federation in accordance with the Rechargeable Battery Association.
In fact, these organizations submitted a joint request for an additional six month extension of the regulations. Their request also noted that the adjustments have been particularly difficult in regards to training of personnel and packaging.
They also stated that much detailed information regarding the number of lithium cells or batteries to be shipped in one container is currently unavailable for retailers.
After reviewing the information, PHMSA regulators agreed that there is merit with the complaints and has agreed that an extension is appropriate. However, there will be an exception for the air transportation of lithium batteries and the February 6, 2015 date of compliance is currently left intact.
All air transport of lithium based cells and batteries must meet the new regulations. Other transportation modes will have until August 7, 2015 to comply with the new regulations.
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