All batteries are considered hazardous when shipped; it is important to be aware of what you can send and what you can’t. This simple guide will point you in the right direction so you can send your items with piece of mind.
If you are sending your batteries abroad, then you will usually have to include a Material Safety Data Sheet with your parcel. An MSDS simply requires you to list any dangerous items that your package contains and how to dispose of and handle them should any issues arise. This information can be provided by the manufacturer of your batteries, so contact them and ask them to provide you with the information that you require. Often the company will have an easy to access PDF with all the information that you require on their website.
Many products today are powered by lithium-ion batteries, these are one of the most common batteries available as they are lightweight, have more space than their contemporaries and can easily be recharged.
Lithium-ion batteries are highly flammable and if they are exposed to high temperatures they are prone to overheating and this can potentially lead to an explosion. For this reason, lithium-ion batteries are considered dangerous goods. Many couriers have these batteries on their restricted lists.
If you ship lithium-ion batteries, then you must abide by the above rules. The sending of batteries is monitored by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), for a more comprehensive guide, read their regulations.
Before you send any batteries or items containing batteries, give our customer service team a ring and we can give you all the information that you need.