WestJet Cargo to embargo shipments of lithium batteries

posted on 30th September 2019 by William Hayes
WestJet Cargo to embargo shipments of lithium batteries

Canada airline WestJet has placed an embargo on all shipments containing lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries until further notice.

The airline said the embargo includes UN 3481 and UN3090 for both restricted and unrestricted batteries packed with or contained in electronic equipment.

“No further bookings will be taken for lithium-ion or lithium-metal battery shipments until the embargo has ended,” a notice read.

“Safety is our foremost value, and is the foundation of everything we do at WestJet. The acceptance, handling, storage and shipping of dangerous goods is part of this essential value.”

“This transition has enabled us to have greater visibility and control over our operations.”

“As safety is always our top priority, we’re in the process of conducting a thorough review of our processes and products to ensure the continued safe operation of our aircraft. A temporary embargo on lithium batteries has been implemented until we finalise and implement any necessary updates to our processes or procedures.” a spokesperson said.