TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS REQUIRE ALL LITHIUM, LITHIUM ION, and LITHIUM POLYMER BATTERIES TO BE TESTED AND PACKAGED ACCORDING TO NEW RULES.
International Air Shipment
If you are involved in buying, selling or shipping lithium primary, lithium ion or lithium polymer cells and batteries (Lithium Batteries) you need to understand the latest regulations that apply to shipments of these batteries. There are regulations which became effective on 1/1/03 for the international air shipment of all Lithium Batteries.
As a result, all lithium batteries require testing in order to comply with these international shipping rules.
Shipment By Common Carrier Within The US
Substantial changes were made to the lithium battery regulations found at 49 CFR 173.185 of the U.S. hazardous materials regulations as a result of the final rule published by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on August 7, 2007. These changes included significant reformatting of 49 CFR 173.185 and the addition of several new special provisions. Although they went into effect on January 1, 2008, the U.S. government printing office (GPO) has not published an official bound version or made available on line the newly formatted version of 49 CFR 173.185. Therefore,
PRBA has prepared an unofficial version of 49 CFR 173.185 and accompanying special provisions that apply to lithium batteries in the U.S. hazardous materials regulations.
All shipments of lithium, lithium ion, and lithium polymer batteries are regulated by a number of different transportation organizations depending on the location and mode of transportation. Each of those organizations have agreed that
no* Lithium Batteries may be shipped without having passed a series of tests defined by the UN Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.