Packaging Tips for Lithium Battery Shipments
At FedEx, we understand the importance of ensuring the safe transport of your shipment. Lithium battery shipments or shipments with items that contain lithium batteries may overheat and ignite in certain conditions and, once ignited, maybe difficult to extinguish. Therefore, we would like to remind you of the regulations and correct handling procedures to ensure the safety of your packages and those who handle the shipment.
FedEx strictly adheres to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations. As such, FedEx has compiled a set of guidelines that govern packing, marking and labeling of shipments of lithium batteries and items that contain charged batteries.
Shipments containing lithium batteries must follow the specific packaging guidelines below:
- Batteries are to be packed individually.
- Batteries must be shielded and protected to prevent short circuits.
- Batteries are completely enclosed.
- Items for shipment must be placed in a sturdy outer container.
- Labeling and documentation needs to be checked for accuracy.
- Packaging must meet the requirements of each test in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, Part III, subsection 38.3. Please refer to the following link to get the latest update of such requirements. http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/danger/publi/manual/Rev5_Amend1/ST-SG-AC10-11-Rev5-Amend1e.pdf.
In addition, as lithium batteries, both lithium ion and lithium metal, are fully regulated dangerous goods, it is important that the shipment is correctly identified, classified, packaged, marked and labeled. A Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods must also be completed and signed by a trained shipper.
FedEx will not accept shipments of any electronic product that includes recalled or defective lithium batteries, such as laptop computers.
To view detailed packaging guidelines and FedEx best practices for shipping lithium batteries, please click here.