Effective November 1st, 2021, WestJet Cargo will accept shipments containing lithium batteries packed with or contained in equipment.
This includes batteries classified under UN3481 and UN3091 Class 9 miscellaneous, fully regulated dangerous goods (RLI, RLM), as well as Section II lithium batteries, as listed below.
- Lithium Ion batteries packed with equipment (ELI) – UN3481 Section II PI 966
- Lithium Ion batteries contained in equipment (ELI) – UN3481 Section II PI 967
- Lithium Metal batteries packed with equipment (ELM) – UN3091 Section II PI 969
- Lithium Metal batteries contained in equipment (ELM) – UN3091 Section II PI 970
Batteries classified as RLI & RLM will be subject to all documentation and acceptance check procedures identified in the IATA DGR and WestJet Cargo Standards and Procedures.
Section II batteries will be subject to the following criteria:
- Will only be accepted from IATA Cargo Agents/intermediaries who are compliant with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).
- Section II batteries that require the lithium battery handling mark will not be accepted in ‘personal’ or ‘walk-up’ consignments.
- Each cell or battery must meet the requirements of each test in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria.
- Proof of satisfactory completion of testing must be available and provided to WestJet Cargo upon request.
- Shippers must have the ability to create their own air waybills for shipments containing lithium batteries, regulated or excepted (Section II).
- The Lithium Batteries Section II Shippers Declaration Form must be submitted, either electronically, or physically, when tendering any shipment containing the lithium battery types listed above and will be mandatory.*
Note: Lithium ion and lithium metal batteries, packaged by themselves are not permitted on passenger aircraft.
If you are interested in shipping lithium batteries, or if you have any questions about transporting dangerous goods, please contact one of our WestJet Cargo agents at 1-866-952-2746.