What Is CEIV Certification and How Does It Affect Shippers?

April 10, 2023

Certified Lithium Battery Transportation

Working with a reliable logistics technology provider is vital when shipping high-value and high-risk goods, including lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Transporting high-value goods has many challenges, such as customs, geography, and knowledge about specific items. Still, the regulations surrounding potentially dangerous goods are evolving. The IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) is the latest way for logistics companies to manage these goods better. 

The IATA recommends obtaining CEIV certification for any company wanting to ship high-value cargo. It provides companies with the training, insight, and skills needed to ship Li-ion batteries and handle situations, emergency and non-emergency,  as they arise.

An IATA CEIV-certified 3PL knows the ins and outs of this dangerous cargo's unique needs and requirements. But what does the CEIV certification mean, and how does it affect shippers?

What Is CEIV Certification?

The CEIV certification program was created to guarantee the secure transportation of different products, and the CEIV Li-Batt certification covers Li-ion batteries.

IATA CEIV certification stampBusinesses must go through a rigorous certification process to be accepted.

The initiative ensures that all certified organizations' operations, personnel, and facilities adhere to the standards, government regulations, and guidelines.

The certification contains an in-depth, 4-step process and is valid for two years from completion of the IATA lithium battery training.

These steps are:

  1. Training to follow best practices for handling and transporting lithium batteries for all personnel associated with freight forwarders, airlines, and ground service providers.
  2. Assessment based on the transport and handling of each lithium-ion battery to regulatory and organizational compliance in terms of both quality and safety.
  3. Validation is the literal verification, including a system audit of all functions and recordkeeping requirements, to ensure all protocols have been followed before receiving CEIV certification.
  4. Recertification is necessary every two years to maintain the IATA CEIV Li-Batt certification, and it includes a refresher course with up-to-date standards. 

Why Is CEIV Certification Important for Shipping Lithium-Ion Batteries?

Understanding the CEIV value starts with the basics. A lithium-ion battery is a particular type of rechargeable battery that stores energy by reversibly reducing lithium ions. They are often used in mobile devices, small electronics, tablets, electric vehicles, and power tools. In day-to-day use, these batteries are safe for typical usage. As a result, the LI-ion market is growing.

According to Global Market Insights, in 2022, the “lithium-Ion battery market size exceeded USD 52.5 billion.” 

As common as this battery type is, most people are unaware of the dangers that accompany them. Lithium batteries, including but not limited to a new EV battery, are very high-risk cargo. Under certain circumstances and conditions, they can overheat and ignite. 

Once this happens, LI-ion battery fires are tough to contain because firefighters or fire extinguishers cannot suffocate them. They are further prone to reigniting, which poses hazardous conditions. These reasons alone are why shipping companies must undergo the training process for a CEIV certification. 

Working with a CEIV Li-Batt certified 3PL for shipping provides peace of mind knowing that all safety protocols are in place and they are prepared for any situation. 

IATA CEIV Li-Batt and the 3PL Industry

The IATA CEIV is a program in place to prevent hazards from occurring by instilling baseline standards for freight companies in the transportation of lithium batteries, including lithium batteries for automobiles. 3PLs that obtain the certification have completed a rigorous process to create a safer transportation standard in the movement of such goods. In turn, certified organizations reap the rewards of a smoother supply chain flow with less risk. 

IATA CEIV has impacted the 3PL industry by reinforcing the trust in the industry's safety. With a certified customs brokerage, there is no longer a question of whether high-value goods will be transported according to safety standards and regulations. The certification process minimizes the risks o transporting lithium batteries via air freight.

A dedicated CEIV-certified 3PL offers its clients high-quality services in moving all types of lithium batteries. They will advise on the necessary paperwork, packaging, and labeling requirements.
Since the logistics for lithium-ion batteries are complex and strictly controlled, choosing a reputable 3PL is crucial. 

Choose Crane Worldwide Logistics as Your CEIV Li-Batt Shipping Partner

Lithium batteries are used in multiple everyday items. However, their safety and handling risks in transportation are typically overlooked. Rather than flying blind with Li-ion batteries, working with a 3PL that maintains CEIV certification is essential to prioritizing safety and moving more loads successfully. Investing in a reputable, CEIV-certified 3PL is an investment in your business and the lives of all those touching Li-ion shipments in logistics. Get started by requesting a quote with Crane Worldwide Logistics today. 

Read Crane Worldwide's press release on our lithium-ion battery certification award here

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