CEIV Li-batt certification addresses the dangers of transporting lithium batteries, which has increased as the growth of e-commerce has resulted in more undeclared or misdeclared shipments.
The airline’s certificate joins Cathay Cargo’s existing mitigation measures including a range of fire containment bags and fire-resistant containers.
Cathay Cargo also operates its Cargo Agent Operation Programme and an indemnity scheme for mislabelled dangerous goods.
The Cathay Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport has accredited independently to ensure shipments are safely handled at the airport.
Tom Owen, Cargo Director at Cathay Pacific, says, “The safe carriage of lithium-ion batteries is a core focus of our cargo business and we have introduced a coherent and far-reaching series of safety protocols with our customers and operational teams to mitigate risks over the past few years. The CEIV Li-batt accreditation now achieved by both Cathay Cargo and the Cathay Cargo Terminal will give further confidence to our customers that we adhere to the highest standards of handling in the industry.”
CEIV Li-batt formalises baseline standards for handling and carrying lithium-ion batteries with accreditation available for airlines, shippers, forwarders and cargo terminal operators.
The programme is underpinned by the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and the IATA Lithium Battery Shipping Regulations, adding training, assessment and validation to demonstrate compliance with regulations.
Dr Xie Xingquan, IATA’s Regional Vice President for North Asia, says, “We congratulate Cathay Cargo and its cargo terminal operator, Cathay Cargo Terminal, on successfully achieving IATA’s CEIV Lithium Batteries Certification. This accomplishment by one of the world’s largest cargo operators and its partner, located in one of the busiest logistics hubs globally, is a significant boost for the aviation industry.”