Geneva, Switzerland, December 12, local time, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) at the 2019 Global Media Day event, the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) issued a joint appeal calling on governments to severely punish counterfeit battery manufacturers and mislabeled and non-compliant shipments of goods in their supply chains, hold them criminally responsible and ensure the safe transport of lithium batteries.
Original title: IATA: Calls on countries to severely punish manufacturers of counterfeit batteries and ensure safe transport of lithium batteries
According to data released by the International Air Transport Association, the global demand for lithium batteries is currently growing at a rate of 17% a year, and incidents of false positives or underreporting are increasing.
Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president of airports, passenger, cargo and security, told the conference that “dangerous goods, including lithium batteries, can be transported safely if managed in accordance with international regulations and standards.” However, irresponsible shippers are increasingly breaking the rules. The aviation industry is working together to highlight the need for compliance, including the launch of incident reporting tools and the sharing of information on unscrupulous shippers. At the same time, we call on the Government to impose tougher fines and penalties”.
According to Nick Cullen, there are three major initiatives in the aviation industry to enhance the safe transportation of lithium batteries:
First, airlines use lithium battery accident reporting and alerting systems. According to him, the aviation industry has launched an industry information sharing platform, aimed at dealing with lithium battery false positives. The reporting system supports real-time reporting of dangerous cargo incident information to identify and eliminate intentional or intentional false positives and false positives.
The second is for false and false positive lithium battery transport ation risk industry publicity. According to him, IATA will organize a series of promotional seminars on dangerous goods for countries and regions that have underperformed in compliance. In addition, relevant customs education and awareness programmes will be developed in cooperation with the World Customs Organization (WCO).
Third, to promote industry cooperation related initiatives. Support, for example, the initiative of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, France and the Netherlands at the recent United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) general meeting to work together on challenges, including cross-domain cooperation, including aviation safety, manufacturing standards, customs and consumer protection agencies. He said that the industry is now widely used to scan air cargo to find dangerous goods, such as explosives, which do little to do such as lithium batteries.
Nick Cullen believes that governments must play a role in strictly enforcing international regulations to ensure the safe transport of these important goods. Four industry associations have urged regulators to impose heavy fines and tough sanctions on companies and individuals who violate lithium-ion battery transport regulations.
The above-mentioned consolidated appeal agency stakeholders made statements to express concern sabouts about the transport management of lithium batteries.
Glyn Hughes, IATA’s global head of freight, told the conference that “safety is a top priority for the aviation industry.” Airlines, shippers and manufacturers work together to develop rules to ensure the safe transport of lithium batteries. However, these rules only work under the escort of severe penalties. Governments must step up their action and shoulder the responsibility of stopping unscrupulous manufacturers and exporters. Violations of the dangerous goods transport regulations will pose a threat to the safety of aircraft and passengers, and the persons concerned must be held criminally responsible.”
Vladimir Zubkov, secretary-general of the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), said in a statement that “recently, there was a batre of irregularities due to additional concerns from regulators about the safe transport of lithium batteries.” We call on the Government to put this issue back on the agenda”.
James Hookham, general secretary of the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), points out that “compliance shippers’ investments in training and safe operational processes can be protected when and only when government standards are effectively enforced.” Air cargo remains an important part of the international supply chain, and it is essential to ensure that all parties understand and respond to all safe transport rules for goods.”
Keshav Tanner, president of the Air Transport Association of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders, stressed that “the increased use of lithium batteries and the supply and demand of e-commerce have put the air cargo supply chain at greater risk of false or false reporting.” We support regulators in enforcing strict established compliance standards.”
IATA has 290 member airlines around the world and accounts for 82% of the world’s regular international flights.