It has become clear over the past couple of years that lithium batteries are posing a real safety risk if they are not prepared or shipped in accordance with appropriate transport regulations. In particular, IATA (the International Air Transport Association) has noted that their increasing usage as the preferred energy source for many consumer goods has triggered the need to better manage the transportation risks associated with lithium batteries.
So, we are introducing the following important changes to our Dangerous Goods (DG) commodities with effect from 1st January 2017: all bulk consignments of lithium batteries covered by United Nations (UN) commodity numbers UN 3090 and UN 3480 will only be accepted for shipping as fully regulated DG commodities.
How will this initiative change bulk lithium battery shipments?
Please help us to ensure the safe transport of all your UN 3090 and UN 3480 items by following these simple steps when preparing your consignment as of 1st of January 2017:
- add a Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods to your shipping documentation. Note that this declaration should only be completed by DG-trained personnel;
- attach a Class 9 Lithium Battery Label and Cargo Aircraft Only Label to each shipment;
- Include the United Nations (UN) number on the Lithium Battery Mark, which you can use as of 1st of January 1st 2017. However, if you would like to use up your pre-labeled packaging or labeling you have in stock with the Lithium Battery Label, you can continue to do so until December 31st, 2018, after which the Lithium Battery Mark becomes mandatory. Note: if you use the Lithium Battery Label, FedEx requests that you add the UN number on the package adjacent to this label [FX-05]. This will become a mandatory requirement by FedEx on July 1st, 2017.
Lithium Battery Label
(valid till December 31st, 2018)
Lithium Battery Mark
(valid as of January 1st, 2017)
* Place for UN number(s)
** Place for telephone number for additional information
- In addition, although this new rule does not apply to individual lithium batteries packed with or contained in equipment (UN3091 and UN3481 as defined in Section II), you will need to follow the same instructions as explained above regarding the inclusion of the Lithium Battery Mark or the Lithium Battery Label.
- review all your lithium battery shipment packing meets the relevant IATA packing instructions (UN 3480 - PI965 and UN 3090 - PI968).
Note that a DG surcharge might apply to shipments containing such lithium batteries.
Keep up to date on these steps and all other changes by visiting fedex.com/be/dangerousgoods. You can also click here to read more from IATA and find more useful information on lithium battery packing, marking, labelling and documentation in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Manual, available for purchase at iata.org.
For all other information, including answers to any further questions you may have concerning the preparation and shipment of lithium batteries, contact Customer Services and ask for the Dangerous Goods Specialist.