Shipping Lithium Batteries - Useful Information DHL Express

Shipping Lithium Batteries

Due to increasing safety concerns raised by the aviation industry, the ICAO/IATA regulations governing the shipping of Lithium Batteries have been tightened and airlines consequently have to enforce these regulations more rigorously.

The safe transportation of such contents by air and the full compliance to ICAO/IATA regulations is the legal responsibility of the Shipper. In view of this fact, IATA has produced a guide to help Shippers understand and comply with the regulations.

Shipments containing Lithium Batteries requiring lithium battery marks or a lithium battery labels require dangerous goods account approval.

Lithium metal batteries packed in accordance with Section II of packing instruction 968 (loose lithium metal batteries) are forbidden in the DHL Time Definite Network.

Lithium ion batteries packed in accordance with packing instruction 965 are forbidden on passenger aircraft, DHL Express offers a limited service.
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: Power bank
  • Lithium Batteries are packed separately but shipped with equipment in the same box. Example: A camera with an additional 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
Any person, company or entity identified as the Shipper on the DHL Express shipment waybill is legally responsible to ensure 100% compliance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. This responsibility persists even if the shipment containing the Lithium Batteries does not actually belong to or was made by the person, company or entity identified on the waybill.

To avoid any undesirable consequences, please alert DHL Express whenever you intend to send any shipments containing Lithium Batteries. Our team of experts will be pleased to guide you through the latest IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and DHL requirements.

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.

Reference Guides

DHL Express Lithium Batteries Guide
Lithium Batteries Guidance - IATA
Lithium Ion Batteries Regulations
Lithium Metal Batteries Regulations

For additional information please contact your DHL Express representative
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