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How-to training, shipping kits, labels and publications for shipping lithium batteries.

Lithium batteries

As the production and use of lithium batteries has grown, their governing regulations have as well. Stay in compliance with our products and services tailored to shippers and handlers of lithium batteries.

The U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) has created a new how-to guide for shipping lithium batteries in PDF format: Shipping Batteries Safely by Air; What you need to know. It describes the regulations for the classification criteria, packaging requirements, and hazard communication of batteries shipped by air. Also reference IATA's guidance document regarding shipping lithium batteries by air.

The term "lithium battery" refers to a family of batteries with different chemistries, comprising many types of electrolytes and cathodes.
New lithium Battery Marks
New lithium Battery Marks

New Lithium Battery Marks

ICAO and IATA have adopted two new marks that are required for all shipments of lithium batteries and batteries shipped with or in equipment. These new labels are accepted as of January 1, 2017 and required starting on January 1, 2019.
Lithium Batteries Caution label

Lithium Batteries—Forbidden For Transport Aboard Aircraft And Vessel

In the 49 CFR, special provision 189 for lithium batteries requires this marking.
Lithium Batteries Caution label

Primary Lithium Batteries Forbidden For Transport Aboard Passenger Aircraft

Cargo Aircraft Only label

Cargo Aircraft Only Label

Cargo Aircraft Only labels were designed to alert shipping personnel that packages containing certain dangerous goods must not be carried on an aircraft with passengers. The bright orange labels are very noticeable and comply with IATA, ICAO, and 49 CFR regulations.
Lithium Battery Shipper

Lithium Battery Packaging

Each shippers comes with a UN-specified box, liner bag and a self-sealing, bubble wrap pouch. The pouch is used to cushion and segregate the battery. Bio-degradable peanuts (sold separately) can be used to fill void space and maintain cushioning distances.

IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

Lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries being shipped by air are subject to specific IATA DGR Packing Instructions—even when shipping a single battery.
Shipping Lithium Batteries Safely by Air

Shipping Lithium Batteries Safely by Air Booklet

All shippers are required to understand and comply with the applicable regulations pertaining to their domestic and international shipments of lithium batteries. The goal of this guide is to be able to prepare and offer lithium batteries for transport by air.
Shipping Lithium Batteries By Air Training

Shipping Lithium Batteries Training

If you transport lithium batteries by air, either alone or packed in or with equipment, you will have to be familiar with the newest regulations from DOT and IATA, or risk shipment delays, or even fines.





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