This type of product and the regulations applied are a common problem in air mode, as found by airlines and experts in the sector.

Lithium batteries for the electric vehicle open numerous logistical challenges
Lithium batteries for the electric vehicle open numerous logistical challenges.

Regulations in the transport of lithium batteries by air are imposed as one of the main logistical challenges to face in the electrical and automotive field. Although, the air sector is not the only one that should look for solutions and answers to the characteristics of a product of this type.

These batteries are used in the manufacture of electric vehicles. One of the areas in which companies such as Nissan Motor have been betting for more than ten years, with models such as the-NV200 electric van.

It is the solution for the future in the medium and long term, especially in urban environments.

The position manager of Emirates Skycargo in Spain, Marie-Laure Vuillermoz, has recognized that lithium batteries and the regulations applied are a common problem in the sector.

This is a very complicated regulation that is continuously updated.

Vuillermoz has confirmed, so “it requires having highly trained personnel and the active collaboration of forwarders or freight forwarders.”

In that sense, the Airfreight Manager at Noatum Logistics, Alexandra Escanero, cited in his speech some of these regulations that directly impact air operations, such as the UN3480, UN3481, and the Special Provision A99 of IATA.

Both airlines and companies have indicated, in addition to the transport of dangerous goods, other areas that also raise concerns in the air sector. The transparency of the operation, the efficiency of the processes, the establishment of tariffs, and environmental sustainability are also part of the main challenges to overcome. “Air cargo is expensive and pollutes too much,” said Downstream Supply Chain Director Europe of Schneider Electric, Paulo Pereira.

Correctly, Pereira has pointed out that charging is usually “complex by nature” and, about the environment, has ensured that “a good part” of the company's efforts is aimed precisely at reducing air transport in operations. "We follow the sustainability index very clearly," he has justified.

However, although global air cargo is not experiencing its best moment. The automotive and components industry is presented as a critical area for the sector, with positive growth prospects. "You have to get there fast, and there is no way to get there faster than the plane," Duran said.

In this regard, the CEO of the air transport consultancy Gestió I Promoció Aeroportuària (GPA) recalled that the air cargo currently represents about 100,000 tons per year. In electrical or mechanical materials in Spain, of which 25,000 tons correspond To Barcelona.

For this reason, the Logistics Director of Nissan Motor Iberian has highlighted the need to create a supply chain fully synchronized.

With the final customer, an objective that influences the air transport of components: “We want to store more in less space, a picking more efficient, connected data and autonomous deliveries.”

For its part, for airlines such as Emirates Sky Cargo, vehicle handling is also a challenge. Since “its dimensions require specific infrastructure and management requirements,” as explained by the company's manager in Spain, Marie-Laure Vuillermoz.

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