Lithium Batteries in Crate

Shipping Lithium Batteries in 2023

Did you know that lithium batteries are a hazardous material and have special considerations for shipping? Many products are powered by lithium batteries and these products are being shipped around the world. These batteries can be dangerous and pose risks if they are not properly packed and shipped. This guide will show you the risks of shipping lithium batteries incorrectly.

Lithium Batteries in Crate

What Products Have Lithium Batteries?

You may not know but many products you use on a day-to-day basis most likely contain lithium batteries. Some products that include lithium batteries include:

  • Game controllers
  • Cameras
  • Cell Phones
  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • Hearing Aids
  • Medical devices
  • Power Tools
  • Portable Phone Charges

With the increase of e-commerce, products with lithium batteries are frequently being shipped around the world. Any device that contains a lithium battery is classified as a dangerous good. Dangerous goods that are handled, packaged, or shipped incorrectly, could pose dangerous risks for humans or the environment.

This makes it important to follow proper packaging and shipping instructions for dangerous goods.


Can you Ship a Lithium Battery?

Yes! You can ship a lithium battery. But proper packaging and shipping must be followed as it is a dangerous good.

There are certain requirements and regulations that you must follow to ship a lithium battery.


Are there Requirements to Ship Lithium Batteries?

In order to ship a lithium battery, there are certain regulations according to DOT, IATA, and IMO that must be followed. These regulations must be followed to prevent dangerous conditions for humans and the environment.

When packaging a lithium battery, they must be packaging in order to prevent short-circuiting while in transportation.


Lithium Battery Shipping Classification

Lithium batteries are classified as a class 9 hazardous good. Class 9 hazardous goods are miscellaneous dangerous goods. Any package containing a lithium battery must be properly labeled as dangerous goods for the class and have the proper documentation with it.

There are different UN numbers & proper shipping names for each type of lithium battery including:

  • UN 3480 Lithium ion batteries
  • UN 3481 Lithium ion batteries packed with equipment
  • UN 3481 Lithium ion batteries contained in equipment
  • UN 3090 Lithium metal batteries
  • UN 3091 Lithium metal batteries packed with equipment
  • UN 3091 Lithium metal batteries contained in equipment

Failure to package and label a lithium battery dangerous good shipment properly, can lead to dangerous conditions and even hefty fines! Couriers will reject mislabeled and misdocumented packages leading to major delays for your package.


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How to ship your lithium battery with DGM Boston?

Reach out to us to let us help you, package and ship your lithium battery. At DGM Boston, we understand that hazardous materials require special handling and packaging to ensure the safety of everyone involved. That’s why we specialize in providing hazmat packaging services that meet or exceed all regulatory requirements. Our team of experts has the knowledge and experience to handle a wide range of hazardous materials, including chemicals, batteries, and medical waste.

Contact us today to help you package and ship your dangerous goods!