Lithium Batteries

Updated by Tony Runyan

Lithium Batteries

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In many cases Lithium Batteries or items containing Lithium-Ion Batteries are allowed to ship to certain countries by ground or air without full hazmat regulation. When a product falls under a Lithium Battery exemption for dangerous goods you should assign the product to a Regulation with the "Lithium Batteries (IATA Section II)" exception type.

Create a Lithium Battery Regulation

NOTE: This will be done by Red Stag Fulfillment. If you have a regulation type that is not included in the dropdown, please contact your account manager.
  1. Navigate to Catalog > Regulations and click Create New Regulation.
  2. Enter the information as described in the Regulations article.
  3. Set the Air / Ground Exception Type as Lithium Batteries (IATA Section II) according to the appropriate regulations. This will add two extra fields at the bottom of the form.
  4. Select the Lithium Battery Material.
  • Lithium Ion refers to those which are rechargeable and commonly used with cellphones, drones, and other light-weight compact devices.

Lithium Ion Battery Example:

  • Lithium Metal refers to the material that makes up non-rechargeable batteries such as a standard Duracell or Energizer battery.

Lithium Metal Battery Example:

  1. Select the Lithium Battery Packing type:
  • Contained in Equipment would include those battery products that are shipped within a device, such as a cellphone or tablet PC.
  • Packed with Equipment would be products that package batteries along with the product but not within a device.
  • Standalone refers to the batteries themselves without other equipment.
  1. Click Save Regulation

Select the Lithium Battery Regulation

  1. Begin by setting up a product.
  2. When the Goods Type must be selected, the user must specify the product as Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials. This will make an additional tab appear named Dangerous Goods.
  3. Navigate to the Dangerous Goods tab and select the appropriate Regulation.

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