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Shipping Lithium Batteries by Air

The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) and the U.S. 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are responsible for ensuring the safe transport of lithium batteries regardless of whether they are shipped independently, in equipment or with equipment.

This course is designed to support you with meeting these regulatory requirements and covers all aspects of the identification, packing, marking, labeling and documentation requirements found in both the IATA DGR and 49 CFR.

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What you will learn

Upon completing this course, you will have the skills to:

  • Prepare and process shipments containing lithium batteries
  • Use the IATA DGR and the U.S. 49 CFR to ship and transport lithium batteries
  • Complete dangerous goods transport documents
  • Apply both the IATA and U.S. regulations to identify, pack, mark and label shipments containing lithium batteries
  • Understand legal responsibilities involved with the transportation process
  • Examine safety issues related to the handling of lithium batteries in the workplace

 Who should attend

  • Airline acceptance staff, shippers and freight forwarders responsible for the safe transport of dangerous goods
  • Cargo instructors and instructional designers responsible for dangerous goods training
  • Ground handling and load control staff involved in the cargo chain
  • Regulatory compliance specialists
  • Personnel from the Department of Transportation or Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Operations and station managers

Course content

  • How to use and apply the most current edition of the IATA DGR and the U.S. 49 CFR to ship or transport lithium batteries
  • Responsibilities of shipper and operator
  • State and operator variations
  • Classification and identification
  • Applying one of four UN numbers and proper shipping names for lithium battery shipments

Packing, marking and labeling requirements

  • UN specification
  • Section I and Section II packing instructions


  • Loading, storage and inspection
  • Emergency procedures
  • Documentations requirements on the Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods and the Air Waybill