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Lithium Battery Packaging

Our UN approved packaging specifically for lithium batteries can be found below. If you wish to use other types of packagings, such as 4GV boxes, 4DV boxes or steel drums, then please contact us to discuss your requirements – our team will be happy to help.

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Lithium Battery Packaging

When it comes to shipping lithium batteries internationally, it is important to comply with the regulations set by regulatory authorities such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods code (IMDG). These regulations aim to ensure the safe transportation of lithium batteries and minimize the risks associated with their shipment.

The regulations surrounding the transportation of lithium batteries depend on various factors, including the type of battery, its capacity, and whether it is shipped alone, packed with, or installed in a device. For example, via air, lithium metal and lithium-ion batteries are prohibited from being shipped as standalone items on passenger aircraft although they can be shipped on cargo aircrafts when packed in accordance with Packing Instruction 965. While lithium metal and ion batteries contained in or packed with equipment are allowed via air subject to restrictions including weight and watt-hours. It is crucial to consult the specific mode of transport regulations including any Special Provisions and State and Operator variations that may exist.

For more information on lithium battery packaging regulations, check out our beginner’s guide for lithium battery dangerous goods.

Alternatively contact us for advice on the correct packaging for your Lithium Batteries


Lithium Metal Batteries and Cells

Batteries and cells that have lithium metal or lithium compounds as an anode.

They are non-rechargeable and you will often find lithium metal batteries in devices such as calculators, watches, car key fobs and cameras.

Lithium-Ion Batteries and Cells

These are secondary batteries (rechargeable) where the lithium is only present in an ionic form in the electrolyte. Lithium polymer batteries are also included in this category.

These rechargeable lithium-ion batteries can be found in mobile phones, laptops, tablets, power tools, ebikes and escooters to name a few.

There are different stages in a lithium battery’s lifecycle and these come with different packing instructions. Generally, cells and batteries must be tested in accordance with the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria Part III Subsection 38.3. There are however, other types of batteries including; prototypes, damaged or defective and waste batteries requiring disposal/ recycling.

Lithium batteries are classified in Class 9 – Miscellaneous dangerous goods as:

  • UN 3090, Lithium metal batteries; or
  • UN 3480, Lithium-ion batteries

or, if inside a piece of equipment or packed separately with a piece of equipment to power that equipment as:

  • UN 3091, Lithium metal batteries contained in equipment; or
  • UN 3091, Lithium metal batteries packed with equipment
  • UN 3481, Lithium-ion batteries contained in equipment; or
  • UN 3481, Lithium-ion batteries packed with equipment.

We have provided a summary of UN numbers and their corresponding Packing Instruction for each mode of transport. Shippers must refer to the relevant transport regulations for detailed regulations, including applicable Special Provisions for each UN number. you can Find the table in our ‘Beginners guide to lithium batteries’

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