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Transportation lithium batteries

Transportation Lithium batttiery

Do you want to transport your batteries or devices by air, sea, train, or road? There are a few rules that must be followed, even though you may not be aware of them. When it comes to transportation, lithium batteries are considered dangerous products. The majority of the world's consumer and industrial electronic gadgets are powered by billions of lithium cells and batteries, both rechargeable and non-rechargeable, but delivering them to the client across extensive international logistics networks.

Regulations for the transfer of lithium batteries by air have become more stringent due to safety concerns. There could be harsh repercussions, including heavy penalties, for breaking these regulations.


You'll need to find the appropriate carrier because it is now illegal to ship lithium-ion batteries in bulk onto passenger planes. Batteries containing, are not subject to this ban.


It is the shipper's responsibility to pack and label the package. The relevant papers will need to be given to the carrier. The majority of these businesses will give you a Shipping Guide outlining their own specifications for shipping lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries depending on the mode of transportation. Remember that the majority of freight today is multi-modal; the shipment may begin its journey by road, travel by air, and then travel by road or rail. The best approach to guarantee that your shipment will adhere to the essential requirements throughout its entire journey is to pack it for air transport.

How should your package be labeled? The shipping descriptions and classifications.

All hazardous materials are categorized into one of nine hazard classes and are subject to UN laws. Lithium

In addition, the UN Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods has classified dangerous goods with a specific UN number and proper shipping name. Depending on the type and configuration of the package, there are six possible shipping names (and labels) and corresponding UN numbers for lithium battery shipments:


  1. UN 3480 Lithium-ion batteries (rechargeable)

  2. UN 3481 Lithium-ion batteries contained in equipment

  3. UN 3481 Lithium-ion batteries packed with equipment

  4. UN 3090 Lithium metal batteries (non rechargeable lithium batteries)

  5. UN 3091 Lithium metal batteries contained in equipment

  6. UN 3091 Lithium metal batteries packed with equipment  


You must state the size of the battery on the battery product label. Lithium-ion batteries are rated in watt-hours (Wh) per cell. Usually the rating is stated on the battery itself as this is now mandatory (older batteries produced before 1/1/2009 may not have this marking). Be sure to check the information with your manufacturer as it may not be marked on the battery. For Saft batteries, information is provided in the data sheets available for each of our batteries. 


The main risk factor when transporting lithium batteries is battery short-circuiting or accidental activation during shipment. In order to avoid short-circuiting or in order to avoid short-circuiting or activation, all the batteries must be packed. Make sure that no other batteries can come into contact with conductive surfaces or metallic objects during shipment. The rules require that each cell and the battery must be packed in an inner nonconductive packaging which completely covers the battery non-conductive material that completely covers the battery (for example, plastic bags), and protect exposed terminals or terminals with non-conductive covers, tape, or other similar means. It is also recommended that batteries be securely cushioned and packaging is also recommended to prevent movement of the battery during cushioning is also recommended to prevent movement during shipment or to prevent caps from coming loose from the terminals. Do not use envelopes or other soft packing


Guidelines for transporting portable battery chargers with lithium batteries As clarified in the 2017 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and the supplemental IATA Guidelines for Lithium batteries, battery packs, modules or battery

units, often referred to as portable chargers or optional external batteries, are classified as

lithium-ion batteries (UN3480). According to UPS requirements, all lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries, without exception, transported by air must be classified as

Fully regulated dangerous goods for which a UPS Dangerous Goods Transport Agreement.

Questions about classification for a particular product should be should be directed to the appropriate authorities of the country from which or within which the shipper intends to ship lithium batteries.

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