Tougher new rules on Powerbank imports
New international shipping regulations have made it tougher to air freight Powerbanks and other devices that have lithium batteries, as well as adding to the cost of shipments.
A number of leading freight carriers from the airline industry are now strictly enforcing the International lithium battery regulations, which were technically mandatory from January 2015. Among other things, the rules stipulate how batteries should be packed, as well as prohibiting lithium metal batteries being shipped without equipment on passenger aircraft.
Dilip Nathwani from electronics supplier the Prime Time suggests that distributors should check with UK or European providers to ensure adequate stock levels before committing large orders with clients.
For more information see the International Battery regulations document at www.iata.org/lithiumbatteries.