Lithium batteries have become the preferred energy source to power a wide variety of consumer goods ranging from mobile phones to children toys to e-bikes and passenger vehicles. Though widely used, most people are not aware that lithium batteries are dangerous goods and can pose a safety risk if not prepared in accordance with the transport regulations.
The Department of Transportation, which is just one of three governing bodies for transport of Lithium batteries, has some harsh penalties for incorrectly declaring and packaging them.
“Businesses that ship lithium batteries must comply with new US DOT standards for preparing shipments or risk fines up to $75,000 per day, per violation. The new regulations change nearly every step of the shipping process, including classification, marking, labeling, and filling out shipping papers.” -PHSMA February 2015
Determining your battery power, documenting, placarding and using proper stickers are paramount to avoiding heavy fines and delays in shipping your lithium battery powered device. Let Top Secret EV. LLC be your guide in navigating this ever changing regulatory matrix.
Our Lithium Batteries Risk Mitigation Guidance strategies can reduce the risks associated with lithium batteries transportation by air. Intended for airlines, it was developed with input of leading industry groups specialized in the handling of dangerous goods and lithium batteries. The document is copyright-free, allowing download and onward distribution to interested users. To assist shippers in understanding the complete requirements related to the transport of lithium batteries, including packing instructions, we can prepare a Lithium Battery Shipping Guideline for your specific needs to seamlessly update you to new regulations and requirements.
Learn the rules and don’t get caught unaware. Any device that ships with a battery is considered Hazardous Material and not being in compliance can cripple any business. Contact us today for consultation and guidance.