These type of batteries are built into equipment like laptops, smartphones and portable medical devices. They’re classified as dangerous because lithium can catch fire if overheated or damaged. That’s why there are regulations in place to ensure they’re packed correctly. Learn how to pack them securely and see what kind of information you need to provide.
A lithium cell is a single unit and a battery or battery pack is a collection of cells. We’ll be covering cells with a maximum rating of 20 Wh and batteries with a maximum rating of 100 Wh.
Yes. You need to be trained and understand the necessary regulations. Another option is to hire a person or company to do it for you.
Bear in mind the regulations regarding the power and quantity of cells and batteries you can ship change regularly. So it’s a good idea to contact your chosen shipping carrier to get the specific information you need.
First, if the equipment is faulty, make sure the damage hasn’t affected the lithium batteries contained inside.
Also make sure the batteries haven’t been identified by the manufacturer as defective or are bulging out of the device. Defective batteries have the potential of setting on fire and are not allowed to be transported.
Prevent cells or batteries being in contact with conductive materials like metal because if this happens, they may short circuit.
The equipment should also be protected against accidental activation. You simply place a cap over the device’s on and off switch or cut a small cavity out of the inner packaging to prevent it from touching the switch.
Devices with a low chance of overheating, such as watches or temperature loggers, can be active during transportation. But make sure you contact your shipping carrier to find out exactly what can and can’t be active while being shipped.
If your package contains three or more electronic devices, you need to fill in the section of the air waybill titled 'Nature and Quantity of Goods'.
If you’re shipping by air, write 'lithium ion batteries in compliance with Section two of PI 967' in English.
If you’re unsure about this section of the air waybill, check with your preferred carrier.
Finally, ensure the shipment is properly packed, marked and labelled. And include any necessary dangerous goods documentation.