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Shipping Restrictions on Lithium Cells & Batteries

Lithium batteries are used to power many of our modern “necessities”—phones, computers, and other electronic gadgets, as well as some hybrid vehicles. But despite their wide use, transporting them can be risky.

If you need to ship lithium batteries, make sure you are aware of the shipping restrictions in place.

Why Are Lithium Batteries Dangerous?

Lithium metal is considered highly unstable. It can reach dangerously elevated temperatures quickly, sometimes causing combustion. The first large-scale manufacturer of lithium batteries, Sony, recalled nearly six million of them in 2006 after several laptops caught on fire due to the batteries overheating.

Lithium battery manufacturers now put safety features in the units to help keep them from getting too hot. However, there is a still a risk of combustion. And although it happens rarely, it’s a dangerous enough scenario to make shipping restrictions necessary. After all, a lithium battery causing a fire on an airplane could have fatal consequences.

Lithium Battery Restrictions

When shipping lithium batteries in bulk, “lithium-ion cells whose equivalent lithium content exceeds 1.5 grams or 8 grams per battery pack (100Wh) must be shipped as ‘Class 9 miscellaneous hazardous material.’

When shipped in the US, a package of more than 24 lithium cells or 12 lithium-ion packs must be specially marked and have specific shipping documents.

Shipping Services in DC

If you need to ship batteries of any kind, commercially or otherwise, call Platinum Moving Services at 301-591-3858. With more than three decades of domestic and international shipping experience behind us, we are the DC-area shipping company you can depend on for shipping services of all kinds.

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