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Shipping Lithium Legally

undot-approved-small.pngSHIPPING LITHIUM BATTERIES LEGALLY

Recent catastrophic events including fires in cargo holds and plane crashes related to improper packing, storage, and design of products containing lithium cells and batteries have resulted in new regulations that apply to the battery industry. Generally, any lithium battery being shipped via ground, sea or air, internationally or domestically must adhere to the following:

1. Each battery is required to pass the tests in the United Nations Manual of Tests and Criteria, section 38.3. Section 38.3 covers testing requirements that must be met in order to legally transport lithium metal and lithium ion batteries. Products manufactured by Aviation Battery Systems (ABS) accompanied with the logo above have successfully passed the UNDOT 38.3 testing and are manufactured according to a quality assurance program specified in the dangerous goods transport regulations.

2. Batteries must be packaged in a way to prevent short circuits and in an approved UN tested and certified package. Lithium batteries and products containing lithium batteries from ABS are packaged and shipped consistent with the applicable regulations. This includes a UN certified 4G box, appropriate hazardous materials classification and appropriate UN markings (e.g. UN3480 and UN3481) and labels for communicating the hazards associated with the products as required by the applicable regulations.

BE ADVISED THAT SHIPPING LITHIUM BATTERIES WITHOUT COMPLYING WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS IS ILLEGAL VIOLATIONS OF THE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REGULATIONS CAN RESULT IN FINES UP TO $75,000 US DOLLARS FOR EACH OFFENSE. IF RETURNING A PRODUCT TO ABS OR IF SHIPPING ABS PRODUCTS TO END USERS, PLEASE CONTACT ABS FOR APPROPRIATE PACKAGING AND SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS.