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Reguations about shipping Lithium Batteries Safely


  • 2016 IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document -57th Edition
  • Lithium Batteries as Cargo in 2016 - Update
  • For more and updated information, please visit IATA website
  • IATA Packing Instruction 965-970
    • Standalone = package ONLY contains batteries, NO equipment
    • Packed with = package contains equipment + batteries that are NOT installed in the equipment
    • Contained in = package has equipment with batteries installed
    •   Lithium Ion Battery Lithium Metal Battery
      Standalone Lithium Ion Standalone (P.I. 965) UN 3480 Lithium Metal Standalone (P.I. 968) UN 3090
      Packed With Lithium Ion Packed With (P.I. 966) UN 3481 Lithium Metal Packed With (P.I. 969) UN 3091
      Contained in Lithium Ion Contained in (P.I. 967) UN 3481 Lithium Metal Contained in (P.I. 970) UN 3091

Special Provision for 2016 IATA 57TH Edition

Country List which accept Lithium ion batteries

Transport within Passenger Baggage

Carrier's Shipping requirement for Lithium Batteries


DOT (PHMSA) Updates

  • 49 CFR 173.185 - as of Jan 21, 2016
  • Proper Shipping Names
    • 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

Ship Prototypes of Lithium batteries

  • 173.185(e) - Must be shipped by ground as Class 9
  • A55 Cargo aircraft under approval. (The lead time for approval is around 3-6 months. Customer can contact PHMSA for shipping approval by air) (DOT)

Low Production Runs

  • 173.185(e) low production runs of not more than 100pcs, must be shipped by ground as Class 9, Packing Group I packaging. Applies to small batteries.
  • A88 Cargo aircraft under approval (The lead time for approval is around 3-6 months. Customer can contact PHMSA for shipping approval by air)

Damaged, defective or recalled Cells or Batteries

  • 173.185(f) - ship by class 9 , Packing Group I level


Lithium Battery Calculations

  • Watt hours = Volts (V) x ampere hour (Ah)
  • Lithium Content is: Ah per cell x 0.3 gm x number of cells
  • Lithium Battery Calculation help document

Thermal Spread Material used in Battery Pack Assembly
UN 38.3 Safety Test

We own a national standard UN38.3 testing lab. We can provide UN38.3 test service to our customer.

If you want to set up your own lab, we also provide UN38.3 & IEC62133 equipments and onsite training. Email us for the quote and lead time.
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Lithium Battery Shipping Regulation
Show & Conference
Lithium Battery Power and Safety, Baltimore MD, Nov 17-19, 2015
The Battery Show, Novi. MI, Sept 15-17, 2015 Booth#1716
Battery Power 2015, Denver, CO, August 5-6, 2015 Booth#29
Next Generation Batteries Conference, San Diego, CA, April 21-22, Booth#9
32nd International Battery Exhibit, Mar.9-12,2015, Florida, Booth #209
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