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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.
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