Temp Controlled Shipments
Airline/Aircraft Dry Ice Restrictions
When arranging shipments containing dry ice as a coolant keep in mind that airlines have different restrictions on the quantity of dry ice per shipment, compartment and aircraft type. This is particularly important when booking dry ice shipments on narrow body aircraft. Additionally, some wide body aircraft also have restrictions depending on their configuration. Dry ice restrictions may also change if airlines have last minute bookings for animals that move in cargo compartments. For more information about this please contact the Unitrans life science specialists.
Lithium Battery Restrictions
New regulations took effect as of January 1st 2017 requiring the declaration of lithium batteries if they exceed certain quantities per shipment or airway bill. Keep in mind that not only do temperature logging devices often contain lithium cells but also certain medical devices as well as packaging solutions themselves. The total weight of the lithium cells may require labeling and a declaration. Alkaline, lithium button and silver oxide cells are presently not regulated.
Please refer to link for a statement from the US DOT / PHMSA regarding enforcement of regulations related to the movement of lithium batteries.
Airlines Adding Temp Controlled Capacity
United Airlines continues to expand its tempcontrol network; adding Barcelona, Spain and Bordeaux, France, alongside Belfast, Northern Ireland late last year, the carrier now boasts a certified global tempcontrol network totaling 67 stations. Qatar Airways Cargo is adding additional Pharma Express Flights from Basel and Brussels airport.