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IATA requires box that passes a 1.2 m drop test for li-ion batt packed with equip.How does this relate to ISTA?

IATA (International Air Transport Association) requires that I use a box that passes a 1.2 meter drop test for shipping li-ion battery packed with equipment. How does this test correspond with ISTA standard? Box manufacturers state that their (Fiberboard UN 4G) box is approved for lithium batteries according to ISTA standard 1A.

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The packing instructions and packaging requirements found in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations do not correspond to ISTA procedures. The intention of ISTA testing is to insure that an acceptable product and package reach the customer. Dangerous goods package performance testing is geared around protecting people and the environment from dangerous goods more than trying to protect a packaged-product. Hazmat shipping with certain carriers is on a contract basis so a carrier could specify ISTA 1A testing as an additional requirement for shipment of dangerous goods with them should they choose.

Source: A.J. Gruber - ISTA


Jun 05, 2012 - 06:41 AM

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