Lithium Battery Shipping





Lithium Battery Regulatory Information

Revolutionary Packaging for Lithium Batteries

Labelmaster recently partnered with a premier technology provider to design and develop a new lithium battery packaging solution that will transform lithium battery transport. These lithium battery packages will come in single-use fiberboard and multi-use metal packages. The benefits of these packages are:

  • Simple and lightweight — these packages are lighter and far less complex than today’s compliant packaging
  • Packages are shipped fully assembled, no time wasted
  • Require no extra inner packaging, gel-packs, pellets or liners

These packs and boxes help mitigate pressure, fire, flame, gas and ballistic projectile hazards and our Obexion Max products meet the SAE G-27 draft standard, 3rd edition. Get more info about our new lithium battery packaging solution.


Products to Help You Comply With Lithium Battery Regulations

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How to Ship Lithium Batteries by Air

How to Ship Lithium Batteries by Air

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 has been in effect for 2 years now.

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.

Important information on How to Ship Lithium Batteries by Air.



New Carrier Shipping Policies

FedEx Battery Shipping Policy - Effective January 1, 2017

FedEx Express is changing its policy on standalone shipments of lithium batteries (i.e., not packed in or with equipment). That means shippers will have to change the way they prepare these shipments if they want to continue using FedEx Express. According to the new FedEx Express Battery Shipping Policy, all standalone shipments of lithium batteries will require transport as fully regulated shipments under either Section 1A or Section 1B of ICAO/IATA Packing Instructions 965 and 968, respectively. [ READ MORE ]

UPS Battery Shipping Policy - Effective January 1, 2017

UPS follows FedEx and is changing its requirements for standalone shipments of lithium batteries (i.e., not packed in or with equipment) shipped by air. That means shippers will have to change the way they prepare these shipments if they want to continue using UPS Air services. New requirements in the UPS Battery Shipping Policy are that all standalone shipments of lithium batteries will require transport as fully regulated shipments under either Section 1A or Section 1B of ICAO/IATA Packing Instructions 965 and 968, respectively. [ READ MORE ]


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.


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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


Can Packaging Innovation Make Battery Shipping Simple Again?



To keep shipments and people safe, regulations on shipping lithium batteries and devices have grown more complex and more burdensome. Bans from commercial aircraft. New labels and classifications. New restrictions on consignments and state-of-charge.

How can lithium battery transport be made safer and simpler?


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Battery Packaging Finder
What Makes Lithium Batteries Special


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.


What Makes Lithium Batteries Special

What is it about lithium batteries that makes them so effective at powering the world around us? What is it about them that classifies them as Dangerous Goods? This animated infographic takes a quick look at the remarkable technology behind these high-energy power sources and offers tips for ensuring safe and compliant shipping.



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

September 2018
Lithium Batteries in the News: There’s a special charge in the air on Friday at the Dangerous Goods Symposium, because Day 3 is Lithium Battery Day. Everyone’s favorite regulated material gets an all-star panel and a no-(cargo) holds-barred Q & A session, so there’s a high capacity for shock. As IATA’s Dave Brennan said, “Lithium batteries are a very emotional topic.” Go to the article for some highlights from Friday’s session, during which threats of conversation going into thermal runaway were repeatedly and successfully mitigated.

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Shipping News

October 2018
As 2019 quickly approaches, lithium battery shippers need to be aware of the mandatory label changes that become effective on January 1st. For almost 2 years shippers of small (excepted) batteries and battery-powered devices have had the option to use either the lithium battery handling "Caution" label or the lithium battery mark while operating under the transition period that has been allowed within the International and Domestic regulations. On January 1st the lithium battery mark becomes mandatory and the handling label becomes obsolete.

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