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Lithium batteries

Intercom embargo on RLI and RLM

Effective 01st of February 2019, there will be an embargo on the below UN numbers on all Scandinavian Airlines Intercontinental flights:

  • UN3481, falling under Section I of Packing Instruction 966/967, IMP code RLI

  • UN3091, falling under section I of Packing Instruction 969/970, IMP code RLM

Batteries being transported under Section II of PI966/967 and PI969/970 (ELI and ELM), are not affected by this embargo.



UN3090 and UN3480 (RBI and RBM) are forbidden on SAS aircrafts and must be transported on Cargo Aircraft only

Updated: SAS Cargo guide to transport of Lithium Batteries


ELI / ELM batteries under ADR/IMDG

A guide to the restrictions and requirement for transporting ELI/ELM batteries by road or sea under ADR/IMDG regulations can be found here:

Transport of ELI/ELM by road or sea


Updated 17th of January 2017 



Guidance Material

Small Vehicles Powered by Lithium Batteries – Cargo Provisions 

IATA issued a notice on the classification of small lithium battery-powered vehicles when shipped as cargo and the provisions that apply, specifically the wording of Special Provision A214. Devices such as balance wheels, air wheels, solo wheels, mini balance boards and hoverboards, are classified as UN 3171, battery-powered vehicles. 


Download the Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG) complying with the 62nd (2021) Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) on:

  • Definitions, classification, exceptions, prohibitions
  • Packaging
  • Passenger Provisions
  • Frequently asked questions and their answers  


Other relevant documents for the transportation of Lithium Batteries can be found on IATA’s website.

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