Lithium Batteries - Packing and Documentation Required

  • Lithium Batteries - Packing guide

Packing and documentation required

Please note, if you do not know your packing instruction type number, go to the Packing Instruction Types section.

General packing information

Battery Shipment Restrictions and Regulations
FedEx Express will not accept or ship:

  • Recalled or defective batteries, either as a stand-alone unit or packed with equipment
  • Recalled or defective lithium batteries contained in electronic equipment, such as a laptops (See IATA Special Provision A154 for additional details on these restrictions.)

Sealing and Labelling Instructions
Although these instructions are not regulatory requirements, they represent FedEx best practices when shipping with corrugated boxes

  • Using the H taping method, apply at least three strips of pressure-sensitive adhesive plastic tape that is at least 2“wide to both the top and bottom of the carton
  • Tape all seams or flaps
  • Place the shipping label on the top of the largest side
  • Ensure that all required outer markings, labelling, and documentation are clearly visible

H taping method

Lithium ion battery

965 section IA

Documentation:

  1. Shipper’s Declaration required
  2. Ensure the FedEx air waybill indicates the following statements “Dangerous Goods as per attached Shippers Declaration” and “Cargo Aircraft Only”

Packing instructions:

  1. UN specification packaging required (Packing Group II - PGII standards)
  2. Class 9 (Figure 1 or Figure 5) and CAO labels required (Figure 3)
  3. State of charge (SoC) not exceeding 30% of their rated design capacity for cells and batteries without competent authority approval of both the state of origin and state of the operator

UN3480, P.I. 965, section IA

965 section IB

Documentation:

  1. Shipper’s Declaration required
  2. Ensure the FedEx air waybill indicates the following statements “Dangerous Goods as per attached Shippers Declaration” and “Cargo Aircraft Only”
  3. The letters “IB” must be entered on the Shipper’s Declaration either:
    1. after the packing instruction number, or
    2. in the authorization column

Packing instructions:

  1. Strong rigid outer packaging
  2. Class 9 Label required (Figure 1 or Figure 5)
  3. Completed IATA Lithium Battery Label (Figure 2) or Lithium Battery Mark (Figure 6) and CAO Label required (Figure 3)
  4. State of charge (SoC) not exceeding 30% of their rated design capacity for cells and batteries without competent authority approval of both the state of origin and state of the operator

UN3480, P.I. 965, section IB

965 section II - No longer accepted by FedEx


 

966 section I

Documentation:

  1. Shipper’s Declaration required
  2. Indicate on the FedEx air waybill:
    1. If the net quantity of batteries per package is no more than 5kg: “Dangerous Goods as per attached Shippers Declaration”
    2. If the of batteries per package is more than 5kg and no more than 35kg: “Dangerous Goods as per attached Shippers Declaration” and “Cargo Aircraft Only”

Packing instructions:

  1. UN specification packaging required (Packing Group II - PGII standards)
  2. Class 9 Label required (Figure 1 or Figure 5)
  3. CAO Label required and must be affixed on the same surface with the Class 9 label if the net quantity per package is above 5kg and no more than 35kg (Figure 3)
  4. The number of cells or batteries in each package must not exceed the appropriate number for the equipment's operation plus two spares

If the net quantity of batteries per package is no more than 5kg:

UN3481, P.I. 966, section I

If net quantity of batteries per package above 5kg and no more than 35kg:

UN3481, P.I. 966, section I

966 section II

Documentation:

  1. Shipper’s Declaration not required
  2. The statement “Lithium ion batteries in compliance with Section II of PI966” must be indicated on the FedEx air waybill
Packing instructions:
  1. Strong rigid outer packaging
  2. Completed IATA Lithium Battery Label  (Figure 2) or Lithium Battery Mark (Figure 6)
  3. The number of cells or batteries in each package must not exceed the appropriate number for the equipment's operation plus two spares

UN3481, P.I. 966, section II

967 section I

Documentation:

  1. Shipper’s Declaration required
  2. Indicate on the FedEx air waybill:
    1. If the net quantity of batteries per package is no more than 5kg: “Dangerous Goods as per attached Shippers Declaration”
    2. If the net quantity of batteries per package is more than 5kg and no more than 35kg: “Dangerous Goods as per attached Shippers Declaration” and “Cargo Aircraft Only”

Packing instructions:

  1. Strong rigid outer packaging
  2. Class 9 Label required (Figure 1 or Figure 5)
  3. CAO Label (Figure 3) required and must be affixed on the same surface with the Class 9 Label if the net quantity per package is above 5kg and no more than 35kg

If the net quantity of batteries per package is no more than 5kg:

UN3481, P.I. 967, section I image

If the net quantity of batteries per package is above 5kg and no more than 35kg:

UN3481, P.I. 967, section I image

967 section II

Documentation:

  1. Shipper’s Declaration not required
  2. For packages bearing the Lithium Battery Label/ Mark, the statement “Lithium ion batteries in compliance with Section II of PI967” must be indicated on the FedEx air waybill. This statement is not required on the air waybill for packages that do not bear the Lithium Battery Label/ Mark

Packing instructions:

  1. Strong rigid outer packaging
  2. Completed IATA Lithium Battery Label (Figure 2) or Lithium Battery Mark (Figure 6). This requirement does not apply to:
    1. packages containing only button cell batteries installed in equipment (including circuit boards) or
    2. consignments of two packages or less where each package contains no more than four cells or two batteries installed in equipment

If there are four cells or two batteries per package, or less, no markings are required:

UN3481, P.I. 967, section II

If more than four cells or two batteries per package:

UN3481, P.I. 967, section II

Lithium metal battery

968 section IA

Documentation:

  1. Shipper’s Declaration required
  2. Shipper must be on the Section I (IA/IB) preapproval list (FX-05B)1
  3. Ensure the FedEx air waybill indicates the following statements “Dangerous Goods as per attached Shippers Declaration” and “Cargo Aircraft Only”

Packing instructions:

  1. UN specification packaging required (Packing Group II - PGII standards)
  2. Class 9 (Figure 1 or Figure 5) and CAO labels (Figure 3) required

UN3090, P.I.968, section IA

968 section IB

Documentation:

  1. Shipper’s Declaration required
  2. Ensure the FedEx air waybill indicates the following statements “Dangerous Goods as per attached Shippers Declaration” and “Cargo Aircraft Only”
  3. Shipper must be on the Section I (IA/IB) preapproval list (FX-05B)1
  4. The letters “IB” must be entered on the Shipper’s Declaration either:
    1. after the packing instruction number, or
    2. in the authorization column

Packing instructions:

  1. Strong rigid outer packaging
  2. Class 9 Label required (Figure 1 or Figure 5)
  3. Completed IATA Lithium Battery Label (Figure 4) or Lithium Battery Mark (Figure 6)
  4. CAO Label required (Figure 3)

UN3090, P.I. 968, section IB

 

968 section II - No longer accepted by FedEX


969 section I

Documentation:

  1. Shipper’s Declaration required
  2. Indicate as below on FedEx air waybill:
    1. If the net quantity of batteries per package is no more than 5kg: “Dangerous Goods as per attached Shippers Declaration”
    2. If the net quantity of batteries per package is more than 5kg and no more than 35kg: “Dangerous Goods as per attached Shippers Declaration” and “Cargo Aircraft Only”

Packing instructions:

  1. UN specification packaging required (Packing Group II - PGII standards)
  2. Class 9 Label required (Figure 1 or Figure 5)
  3. CAO Label required and must be affixed on the same surface with the Class 9 Label if the net quantity per package is above 5kg and no more than 35kg (Figure 3)
  4. The number of cells or batteries in each package must not exceed the appropriate number for the equipment's operation plus two spares

If the net quantity of batteries per package is no more than 5kg:

UN3091, P.I.969, section I

If net quantity of batteries per package above 5kg and no more than 35kg:

UN3091, P.I.969, section I

969 section II

Documentation:

  1. Shipper’s Declaration not required
  2. The statement “Lithium metal batteries in compliance with Section II of PI969” must be indicated on the FedEx air waybill

Packing instructions:

  1. Strong rigid outer packaging
  2. Completed IATA Lithium Battery Label (Figure 4) or Lithium Battery Mark (Figure 6)
  3. The number of cells or batteries in each package must not exceed the appropriate number for the equipment's operation plus two spares

UN3091, P.I.969, section II

970 section I

Documentation:

  1. Shipper’s Declaration required
  2. Indicate as below on the FedEx air waybill:
    1. If the net quantity of batteries per package is no more than 5kg: “Dangerous Goods as per attached Shippers Declaration”
    2. If the net quantity of batteries per package is more than 5kg and no more than 35kg: “Dangerous Goods as per attached Shippers Declaration” and “Cargo Aircraft Only”

Packing instructions:

  1. Strong rigid outer packaging
  2. Class 9 Label required (Figure 1 or Figure 5)
  3. CAO Label required and must be affixed on the same surface with the Class 9 Label if the net quantity per package is above 5kg and no more than 35kg (Figure 3)

If the net quantity of batteries per package is no more than 5kg:

UN3091, P.I.970, section I

If net quantity of batteries per package above 5kg and no more than 35kg:

UN3091, P.I.970, section I

970 section II

Documentation:

  1. Shipper’s Declaration not required
  2. For packages bearing the Lithium Battery Label/ Mark, the statement “Lithium metal batteries in compliance with Section II of PI970” must be indicated on the FedEx air waybill. This statement is not required on the air waybill for packages that do not bear the Lithium Battery Label/ Mark

Packing instructions:

  1. Strong rigid outer packaging
  2. Completed IATA Lithium Battery Label (Figure 4) or Lithium Battery Mark (Figure 6). This requirement does not apply to:
    1. packages containing only button cell batteries installed in equipment (including circuit boards)
      or
    2. consignments of two packages or less where each package contains no more than four cells or two batteries installed in equipment

If there are four cells or two batteries per package, or less, no markings are required:

UN3091, P.I.970, section II - If four cells or two batteries per package, or less:

If more than four cells or two batteries per package:

UN3091, P.I.970, section II - If more than four cells or two batteries per package:

 

1How to obtain pre-approval:

  • Click on this link
  • Scroll down to the “Lithium batteries” section, choose your packing instruction type and follow the instructions

Sample of Labels:

Figure 1
Class 9 Label

Figure 2
IATA Lithium Battery Label
Can be used until 31 December 2018

 

The shipper must complete the phone number portion on the Label. As of 1 July 2017, the UN Number must be marked on the package adjacent to the label.

Figure 3
CAO Label

Figure 4
IATA Lithium Battery Label
Can be used until 31 December 2018

 

The shipper must complete the phone number portion on the Label. As of 1 July 2017, the UN Number must be marked on the package adjacent to the label.

Figure 5
Class 9 Label
Can be replaced Figure 1
until 31 December 2018

Figure 6
Lithium Battery Mark

The shipper must complete the packing instruction type – UN number (*) and phone number (**) portions of the label.

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