Lithium-Ion Batteries

The same technologies that deliver superior performance and reliability to your cell phones, laptops, toys, medical devices, and cameras, also present unique hazards for shippers, carriers and receivers. Because of significant incidents involving fires in transportation, regulations around the world are being changed to improve the safe transportation of lithium batteries. ALARA Logistics is the expert in keeping on top of the constantly-changing regulations, ensuring these regulations are met, and keeping your mind at ease when shipping your precious lithium batteries.

ALARA Custom Packaging

Shipping Batteries

As of January 1, 2016, updated regulations specify that strong rigid packaging must be used for batteries that are shipped alone or in or with equipment when meeting the requirements of Section II of Packing Instructions 965, 966, 967, 968, 969, and 970. The packing instructions also specify acceptable materials for such packaging (e.g., fiberboard boxes, plastic drums).

Furthermore, in 2017, FedEx restrictions will be implemented, making lithium-ion battery shipments even more difficult. These restrictions include:

  • Lithium batteries (UN3090 and UN3480) meeting Section II requirements under IATA will NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED by FedEx Express.
  • There are new marking and labeling requirements for UN3090 and UN3480.
  • NEW Training Requirements
  • More fees and Approvals

ALARA’s custom packaging meets or exceeds all shipping requirements to ensure your batteries are packaged to meet all regulations.

Non-Compliance is far more expensive than proper logistical execution


Civil lawsuit penalties up to $168,000 have been filed by the FAA for non-compliance of lithium battery shipments.