The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new industry certification – Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Lithium Battery and it is official that CEVA Logistics is the world’s first company to receive IATA’s new CEIV Lithium Battery certification after teaming with IATA to support the development of the new certification program.
This was announced at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) annual World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Dublin, Ireland. CEVA’s Amsterdam and Hong Kong air freight stations are now CEIV certified in the handling of lithium batteries – to improve the safe handling and transport of lithium batteries across the supply chain.
“We congratulate CEVA in becoming the first logistics company to achieve CEIV Lithium Battery certification. From cargo handlers, ground handling companies, freight forwarders and shipping companies, the more stakeholders along the value chain which participate in CEIV Lithium Battery, the stronger and more effective it will be for the industry. Ultimately, we all want to see a network of CEIV Lithium Battery trade lanes with participants certified at origin, destination and in transit points,” said Walsh.
The certification confirms each facility’s ability to properly handle and store lithium batteries, as well as validates the necessary training and expertise of on-site employees. CEVA Logistics has plans to extend its certifications beyond Amsterdam and Hong Kong, with additional certified locations expected in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
“Lithium batteries are critical power sources for many consumer goods on which we all rely. And it is vital that we can ship them safely by air either with finished products or as components in global supply chains. That’s why we developed the CEIV Lithium Battery certification. It gives shippers and airlines assurance that certified logistic companies operate to the highest safety and security standards when shipping lithium batteries,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
Shipments of lithium batteries (alone or with finished products) must comply with well-established global safety standards for how they are manufactured, tested, packed, marked, labelled, and documented. These requirements are a key element of the IATA Lithium Battery Shipping Regulations (LBSR) and of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) which combine regulatory and operational input from industry and government experts.
CEIV Lithium Battery is the fourth CEIV program from IATA and the first CEIV certification received by CEVA Logistics. IATA’s CEIV program portfolio includes three other specific certifications: CEIV Pharma, CEIV Live Animals and CEIV Fresh. More than 300 companies across the logistics and supply chain industry have received certification under one of the programs.
“Our automotive, healthcare and technology customers appreciate our ability to seamlessly deliver responsive logistics solutions no matter the destination or cargo type, like lithium-ion batteries. Our experience in transporting a wide range of batteries made us an ideal partner with IATA in piloting their new CEIV certification. IATA continues to lead the way in providing standards, regulations and guidelines to improve overall quality and safety in the air transport industry. This new certification gives customers even more confidence in our ability to safely and reliably transport their lithium-ion batteries,” Peter Penseel, COO of air freight for CEVA Logistics.