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Restriction on shipping electronic items consisting of certain lithium batteries.

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Just received this email from a 3rd party shipping company service. What would the implications be for us international customers? frown.gif

Planning on shipping electronics ?
Watch out, the regulations are changing in 2014!

As of the 1st of January, 2014, the regulations of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will change regarding lithium batteries.

From that date onwards, some lithium batteries or combinations of batteries will be considered "dangerous goods" and cannot be shipped .
To avoid disappointment and inconvenience, be sure to check your product specifications carefully against the restrictions summarised below before you purchase . This information will also be published as an FAQ on our website.


LITHIUM BATTERIES

IMPORTANT! As you may know, there is a risk of certain lithium batteries catching fire. New regulations of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in effect as of 1st January 2014 restrict the shipment of certain specific types of lithium batteries, which are considered "dangerous goods" - which we do not handle. Although not all lithium batteries are affected by these regulations, be sure to check your product specifications carefully against the restrictions below.

In general, lithium ion batteries with laptops, cameras, mobile phones and similar products will be limited to one battery in the product and one spare battery. But don't rely on that rule of thumb; it's important to check the specifics of the battery or batteries you want to ship - before you purchase the product.


NEW IATA RESTRICTIONS FROM 1.1.2014:
The restrictions are based on the "Wh" value. "Wh" means Watt hours.

The following batteries cannot be shipped:
LITHIUM ION BATTERIES with
over 2.7 Wh and less than 100 Wh per battery and more than two batteries per box, OR
over 2.7 Wh and less than 100 Wh per battery and more than 8 cells per package.

LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES with
over 0.3g lithium and less than 1g lithium per battery and more than two batteries per box, OR
over 0.3g lithium and less than 1g lithium per battery and no more than 8 cells per box.
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Well not many items come with two rechargeable (Lithium Ion) batteries let alone three or more, so it all comes down to the cell count which is something I've only seen mentioned on laptops and this extended battery is 9 cells and rated 72Wh but it's much bigger than any you would find in a portable amp or DAP.

 

Lithium Metal batteries aren't rechargeable so would be like your typical AA type and there's no need to import them as a consumer, I guess they'll have to come on mass by boat!

 

At the end of the day it's not really our problem - the designers/manufacturers will want to sell internationally so they will have to meet the requirements or they'll loose customers, it's as simple as that.  I don't see anything to worry about :normal_smile : 

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