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FedEx Express is making the following changes to our Dangerous Goods (DG) shipping policy. This independent initiative anticipates prospective regulatory changes in response to growing concerns about the safe handling of bulk or standalone shipments of lithium batteries.
As of January 1st, 2017 FedEx Express customers sending bulk shipments of lithium batteries (United Nations (UN) number 3090 & United Nations (UN) number 3480) can only do so by treating all such shipments as fully regulated Dangerous Goods (DG) commodities.
This initiative also helps us increase the visibility of lithium battery types throughout our network and ensure the integrity of such DG shipments until their final destinations.
How does this initiative change bulk lithium battery shipments?
With effect from January 1st, 2017, FedEx Express customers shipping UN 3090 & UN 3480 shipments must carry out the following steps:
- Add a Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods which can only be completed by DG-trained personnel.
- Include the United Nations (UN) number on the Lithium Battery Mark (IATA Figure 7.1.C), which you can use as 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 (IATA Figure 7.4.H), you may continue to do so until December 31st, 2018, after which the Lithium Battery Mark becomes mandatory.
Note: if using 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 Mark
(valid as of January 1st, 2017)
Lithium Battery Label
(valid till December 31st, 2018)
* 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.
- Add a Class 9 Lithium Battery Label and Cargo Aircraft Only label to each shipment
- Review all lithium battery shipment packing to ensure it meets IATA packing instructions UN 3480 - PI965 & UN 3090 - PI968.
Note that a Dangerous Goods handling surcharge might apply to shipments containing such lithium batteries.
Where can you find more information?
- Contact your FedEx Express Customer Services and ask for the Dangerous Goods Specialist
- Read about the new FedEx Express Lithium Battery Policy Change in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Manual available for purchase at www.iata.org. This also carries information on lithium battery packing, marking, labelling & documentation.
As from 1 January 2015, certain shipments concerning Hungary must be registered in the Hungarian Public Road Trade Control System (EKAER). Registrations must be made by senders or recipients of shipments in the following cases:
- if a shipment is sent from a Member State of the European Union to a destination in Hungary;
- if a shipment is sent from Hungary to a destination located in another Member Stat of the European Union;
- if a shipment is sent within Hungary.
In addition to the above, the obligation to register shipments in the Hungarian EKAER depends on many other factors. Mode of transport is also a decisive factor regarding our customers’ obligation to register shipments in the Hungarian EKAER. Therefore, FedEx hereby provides the following information about the modes of transportation used during the provision of our services.
In case of shipments up to 40 kg, FedEx provides its transportation services as postal services in Hungary. The Hungarian Branch of Federal Express Corporation is a registered postal service provider in Hungary.
In case of shipments heavier than 40 kg, FedEx provides its services to our customers through the following modes of transportation:
- between airports, FedEx transports shipments by
- so-called air trucks on public roads. Air trucks are regular trucks with a total weight higher than 3.5 metric tons. Air trucks are operated with air manifests and under flight numbers. According to the official publication of the Hungarian Tax Authority, this mode of transportation is considered carriage by air. For further details, please see Q&A No. 21 on the following link: https://ekaer.nav.gov.hu/articles/view/bejelentesre-kotelezett-tevekenysegek-fuvarozasok-specialis-ugyletek.
- between airports and places of destination/dispatch, FedEx transports shipments by pick-ups, vans and other vehicles with a total weight lower than 3.5 metric tons.
Notwithstanding the above, FedEx and its customers enter into agreements for carriage by air. Therefore, FedEx substitutes carriage by another mode of transport for the above parts of its carriage intended by the agreement between the parties to be carriage by air without customers’ consent. Therefore, such carriage by another mode of transport is deemed to be within the period of carriage by air in accordance with the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air (Montreal, 28 May 1999), where the Convention is applicable.
Finally, we recommend our customers to retain legal advice in order to have a proper understanding of their obligations regarding the Hungarian EKAER. Our customers may also visit the following website published by the Hungarian Tax Authority about EKAER: https://ekaer.nav.gov.hu/
This information was prepared on 17 March 2015. Because of changes that might have occurred since then, the information provided herein might have become obsolete. Except for cases of deliberate misconduct, FedEx hereby excludes any liability or warranty for the currentness, accuracy or completeness of the information made available herein or for any consequences that result from the use of this information.
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