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Special Permit Notice

Labelmaster now provides a new option that allows businesses to ship such products via ground at a reduced expense based on a special permit from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to offer an innovative packaging design solution. We are in the process of developing the specifications for stock items, and custom items will also be offered. In the mean time please call 800-621-5808, and we will help guide you to the right box for your application.

How to Ship Lithium Batteries by Air

How to Ship Lithium Batteries by Air
— As of April 1, 2016

In February, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) —
the United Nations agency that regulates the transport of dangerous goods aboard aircraft — enacted a ban on transporting standalone lithium ion batteries (UN 3480) as cargo on passenger aircraft. The ban goes into effect April 1, 2016.

Since lithium metal batteries (UN 3090) were already prohibited, the new regulation means no standalone lithium batteries, in any quantity or packaging, may be shipped as cargo on passenger aircraft.

Get important information on How to Ship Lithium Batteries by Air.

Products to Help You Comply with the April 1 Regulations

Cargo Aircraft Only Labels Lithium Battery Forbidden Markings Lithium Battery Peel Away Document Lithium Battery Labels Battery Labels
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Regulations on Shipping Lithium Batteries

Power Up Your Business for Revised Mandatory Regulations
on Shipping Lithium Batteries

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), now requires mandatory compliance that significantly reduces the exception allowances for shipping lithium batteries, which are potentially dangerous if not safely packed and handled when transported. On February 13, 2015 PHMSA responded to concerns regarding the difficulty in achieving full compliance and announced that it will extend the mandatory compliance date until August 7, 2015 for non-air transport of lithium cells and batteries. However, air transport of lithium batteries or cells now have new battery packaging, marking, and labeling requirements as part of the revised rule and businesses must verify the status of their lithium batteries, many of which were previously exempt, prior to shipping. Mishandling these new regulations can result in your company's lithium battery shipments being delayed, returned, or even subject to fines.

New Lithium Battery Restictions
Shipping Lithium Batteries Globally

Which Lithium Batteries Have New Shipping Restrictions?

Exceptions for small and medium lithium battery types are sizably less, and most lithium batteries will become regulated class 9 hazardous materials when offered for ground transportation. This new requirement means that many types of small lithium batteries that were exempt from the regulations will now require the use of UN performance packaging, hazard class labeling and expanded documentation requirements. This has a big impact on small consumer electronics with lithium batteries such as laptop computers, power tools, and medical devices.

Shipping Lithium Batteries - Weighing in on a Global Scale

The entire load of lithium battery types and the equipment they power will fall under the requirements of these new rules whether they are shipped into, out of, or through the United States. When either importing or exporting lithium batteries, no shipment can leave the dock without the articles being packaged, marked, and labeled in accordance with these new U.S. regulations. Further, all shipments performed by U.S. flagged air carriers, no matter the origin or destination of the flight, will be required to comply with the battery packaging requirements.

Lithium Battery Types
Lithium Battery Products and Services

New Lithium Battery Types Defined

The PHMSA has taken two roads on shipping descriptions for lithium metal batteries and lithium ion batteries like those found in the UN Model Regulations, the ICAO Technical Instructions, and IMO Dangerous Goods Code. Most of the changes have been made to the packaging and hazard communication requirements for shipping lithium battery types.

If It Holds a Charge, Labelmaster Can Handle the Compliance.

Labelmaster can steer you in the right direction with the products and services you need to meet these new regulations for shipping lithium, lithium metal and lithium ion batteries. From battery packaging, labeling and documentation to training and shipping, simply contact a Labelmaster regulatory expert for assistance.

Dangerous Goods Report

Understanding the Final Rule on Lithium Batteries
Highlights of PHMSA's HM-224F

On August 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published HM-224F in the Federal Register. Several years in the making, the ruling represents a significant change in how lithium batteries will be regulated when shipped by land, sea, and air in the U.S. Mandatory compliance of this landmark regulation began February 6, 2015.

Lithium Batteries: Regulatory Changes Present Challenges

Bob Richard, Vice President of Government Affairs at Labelmaster, talks about the risks and regulations associated with the shipping of lithium batteries.

Lithium Battery Products and Services

Lithium Battery Products

Lithium Battery Services

Battery Packaging Finder
Lithium Battery Training Videos

Battery Packaging Finder

To meet today's increasingly mobile lifestyle, batteries are becoming more powerful. Some batteries may pose a significant risk in transportation, so requirements have been put in place to manage these risks. Labelmaster's Battery Packaging Finder is designed to help you choose appropriate packaging for your battery shipments.

Lithium Battery Training

Training videos from the Civil Aviation Authority YouTube Channel.

Keeping Current is Keeping Compliant

Shipping Lithium Batteries Infographic

Shipping Lithium Batteries Infographic

When shipping lithium batteries, which are classified as dangerous goods, maintaining compliance can be tricky. This shipping lithium battery infographic provides an overview of the regulations governing the movement of these increasingly common energy cells.

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What Makes Lithium Batteries Special Infographic

What Makes Lithium Batteries Special Infographic

With all the attention lithium batteries have received in the news lately, and the revised regulations for shipping them as dangerous goods, you might wonder, "What makes these batteries so different that they warrant special treatment?" Hopefully this What Makes Lithium Batteries Special Infographic helps answer this question.

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Shipping News

February 2016
Have you seen all the headlines lately about shipping lithium batteries by air? How are you supposed to keep up with what's compliant, and what isn’t?

Here's a guide to the lithium battery air transport regulations which will be effective on the 1st of April, along with a preview of what might be expected later in the year.

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We are keeping the pulse of the ever changing lithium battery regulations and want to ensure your supply chains keep moving after the February 6th regulation deadline.

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