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Shipping Goods With or Containing Lithium Batteries

As of January 1, 2017: a new hazard label comes into effect with a 2-year transitional period during which time either the existing Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods hazard label or the new Class 9 Lithium Battery hazard label may be applied to packages containing lithium batteries prepared in accordance with Section I, IA or IB of the lithium battery packing instructions.

Also a new mark comes into effect with a 2-year transition period during which time either the lithium battery mark or the lithium battery handling label may be applied to packages containing lithium batteries prepared in accordance with Section IB or Section II of the lithium battery packing instructions. The need for an additional document to accompany the consignments is no longer required. A new paragraph sets out what shipper’s must establish as adequate instruction for employees involved in the preparation of lithium batteries in Section II for air transport.

A wide variety of electronic goods powered by Lithium Batteries are affected by the new regulations, regardless of whether they are rechargeable (Lithium Ion) or non-rechargeable (Lithium Metal). The regulations apply when:
  • Lithium Batteries are packed and shipped as individual items (loose/bulk).  Example: Loose Batteries/Power bank
  • Lithium Batteries are packed separately but shipped with equipment in the same box.  Example: A cell phone with a replaceable Lithium Battery
  • Lithium Batteries are contained or installed in equipment and therefore shipped in the same box.  Example: A computer tablet with an integrated Lithium Battery within the device that cannot be removed or replaced by the user

Important!

Lithium Batteries that are known or suspected to be defective or damaged present a high safety risk to personnel and property, and are not permitted on aircraft under any circumstances.
When it is known or suspected that a defective or damaged Lithium Battery is enclosed within a laptop, mobile phone or other device, the battery must be removed before DHL can accept the shipment.