IATA CEIV lithium batteries make four for Hactl
Hong Kong, October 11, 2022 — Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – Hong Kong’s largest independent cargo handler – has successfully achieved accreditation under IATA’s CEIV Lithium Batteries (Li-batt) standard. Hactl now holds all four IATA CEIV accreditations (Pharma, Fresh, Live Animals, Li-batt).
Lithium-battery air cargo shipments are becoming more common as more and more devices – ranging from mobile phones and laptops to e-bikes and scooters and electric vehicles – now incorporate them. The recent growth of e-commerce has also led to an increase in airfreight of items containing lithium batteries.
With the well-documented risks stemming from improper packaging and handling of battery shipments, Hactl has steadily strengthened its procedures and enhanced its resources to handle this traffic over the past few years. Measures to date have included additional in-house staff training to IATA Dangerous Goods Regulation (DGR) standards (Hactl being an IATA accredited training school since 2003, authorized to train its own personnel and those of third parties) and the IATA Lithium Battery Shipping Regulations. It has also opened a dedicated DGR area with competent and experienced staff; and undertaken proactive facilitation of agents and shippers in the proper reporting, handling and storage of lithium battery shipments.
“CEIV Li-batt brings vitally important regulation and consistency to the potentially dangerous business of air transporting lithium batteries. We are delighted that Hactl has adopted this latest accreditation program, following its successful certification to all other CEIV standards. In doing so, they are helping to promote its importance to the entire cargo handling industry,” says Brendan Sullivan, Global Cargo Manager, IATA.
“Lithium batteries will become an increasingly important part of air cargo traffic around the world, so ensuring the proper procedures and training to handle them has never been more important,” adds the executive director and director. financial institution of Hactl, Amy Lam..
“While Hactl has been fully prepared and resourced for such traffic for some years, we recognize that each link in the battery supply chains must perform their functions to consistent and high standards. We therefore strongly support the concept of IATA’s CEIV Lithium Batteries standard – the first to address this specific product – and we have embraced it with enthusiasm.
It is Hactl’s policy to undertake certification to all relevant standards, thereby providing its airline customers and their users with the assurance that their traffic is always handled in full compliance with the latest recognized best practices.
“CEIV lithium batteries represent a uniform and universally accepted standard. We are therefore proud to have obtained it and to now hold all four CEIV accreditations”, concludes Lam.