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Shipping Goods With or Containing Lithium Batteries

As of January 1, 2018 new rules have been introduced for packages containing lithium batteries that are packed and shipped as individual items (loose/bulk), in accordance with Section IA, IB and II of packing instruction 965 or 968.   

Lithium Batteries packed in accordance with Section IA or IB of packing instruction 965 or 968
These batteries must not be packed together in the same outer packaging with dangerous goods classified as explosives (other than the ones classified in Division 1.4S), flammable gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids or oxidizers. This is also applicable when these batteries are placed in an overpack with the above mentioned dangerous goods.

Lithium Batteries packed in accordance with Section I of packing instruction 966, 967, 969 or 970:

DHL Express requires the same segregation as mentioned above for Section IA and IB to be applied for lithium batteries shipped in accordance with Section I of packing instruction 966, 967, 969 or 970.

Lithium Batteries packed in accordance with Section II of packing instruction 965 or 968:  
These packages are not allowed to be packed together with any regulated dangerous goods.
Also these batteries must not be placed in the same overpack with dangerous goods classified as explosives (other than the ones classified in Division 1.4S), flammable gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids or oxidizers.

Lithium batteries packed in accordance with packing instruction 968 are forbidden in DHL Time Definite Network.
Marking and labelling:
The Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods hazard label can still be used, as part of the transitional period, until the end of December 2018 for packages containing lithium batteries prepared in accordance with Section I, IA or IB of the lithium battery packing instructions.

Also the lithium battery handling label may be applied to packages containing lithium batteries prepared in accordance with Section IB or Section II of the lithium battery packing instructions, until the end of December 2018.

A wide variety of electronic goods powered by Lithium Batteries are affected by the regulations, regardless of whether they are rechargeable (Lithium Ion) or non-rechargeable (Lithium Metal). The regulations apply when:
  • Lithium Batteries are packed and shipped as individual items (loose/bulk).  Example: Loose Batteries/Power bank
  • Lithium Batteries are packed separately but shipped with equipment in the same box.  Example: A cell phone with a replaceable Lithium Battery
  • Lithium Batteries are contained or installed in equipment and therefore shipped in the same box.  Example: A computer tablet with an integrated Lithium Battery within the device that cannot be removed or replaced by the user

Important!

Lithium Batteries that are known or suspected to be defective or damaged present a high safety risk to personnel and property, and are not permitted on aircraft under any circumstances.
When it is known or suspected that a defective or damaged Lithium Battery is enclosed within a laptop, mobile phone or other device, the battery must be removed before DHL can accept the shipment.