Transportation Information
Lithium-ion Battery Air Transport Notes
Dangerous Goods Regulations 49CFR Parts 100-185, Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations apply to all Lithium-Ion battery transport.
Transport by Commercial Airline / Carry-on Luggage

● Lithium ion batteries packed by themselves (UN3480, PI 965) (not contained in or packed with equipment) must be shipped at a state of charge (SoC) not exceeding 30% of their rated design capacity.

Type of battery

Allowed in carry-on baggage?

Allowed in checked baggage?

In equipment

Spares

In equipment

Spares

Capacity less than 100 Wh

YES

YES
When protected from damage and short circuit

YES

YES
When protected from damage and short circuit

Capacity between 101~160 Wh

YES
Airline approval required

YES

Up to 2 batteries
When protected from damage and short circuit, and airline approval required

YES
Airline approval required

NO

Capacity more than 160 Wh

NO

NO

NO

NO

● We recommend that you confirm with your carrier of choice, to determine any further restriction or local policies, before travelling

Transport as air cargo

Dangerous Goods Regulations, 58th Edition


1. Batteries packed by themselves UN3480, PI 965

● Lithium ion batteries of UN3480 shall be shipped at a state of charge less than 30% of the rated capacity.
● Batteries must be marked with the Watt-hour rating on the outside case.

Section IA applies to lithium ion batteries with a Watt-hour rating in excess of 100 Wh, which must be assigned to Class 9 and are subject to all of the applicable requirements of these Regulati ons. The Watt-hour rating must be labeled on the outside of the battery case. Packing must meet the Packing Group II performance standards. The package will require a Class9 label, name and address of shipper and consignee, proper shipping name, UN number (UN3480 Lithium ion batteries) etc. A dangerous goods declaration that contains the sender and consignee information mu st be submitted to the transporter.

Limit per package: Passenger aircraft = Forbidden

                             Cargo aircraft only = 35kg


Section IB applies to lithium ion batteries with a Watt-hour rating not exceeding 100 Wh packed in quantities that exceed the allowance permitted in Section II. When transporting three or more batteries in one package or more than one package, the package must be classified as Class9 Dangerous Goods. The package must pass a 1.2 meters drop test. In addition, it is necessary to l abel the following on the package: Class9 label, lithium battery handling label, UN number (UN3480 Lithium ion batteries), name and address of shipper and consignee, proper shipping name, et c. A dangerous goods declaration that contains the sender and consignee information must be submitted to the transporter.

Limit per package: Passenger aircraft = Forbidden

                             Cargo aircraft only = 10kg


Section II applies to lithium ion batteries with a Watt-hour rating not exceeding 100 Wh packed in quantities not exceeding 2 batteries in one package (no more than 1 package). Batteries of thi s section are NOT classified as Class9 Dangerous Goods. The package must pass a 1.2 meters drop test. In addition, a lithium battery handling label is required on the shipping package. A Ship per's Declaration for Dangerous Goods is not required. An overpack must be marked with the word “Overpack” and labeled with the lithium battery label, unless the label(s) on the package(s) insi de the overpack are visible.

Limit per package: Batteries ≤ 100Wh = 2 batteries

                             Passenger aircraft = Forbidden


2. Lithium Ion Batteries Packed with Equipment UN3481, PI 966
● Batteries must be marked with the Watt-hour rating on the outside case.

Section I applies where the equipment is packed with lithium ion batteries with a Watt-hour rating in excess of 100 Wh, which must be assigned to Class 9 and are subject to all of the applicabl e requirements of these Regulations. The number of cells or batteries in each package must not exceed the appropriate number for the equipment's operation, plus two spares. A Class9 label wil l be needed on the package.

Limit per package: Passenger aircraft = 5kg

                             Cargo aircraft only = 35kg


Section II applies where the equipment is packed with lithium ion batteries with a Watt-hour rating not exceeding 100 Wh. Each package of cells or batteries, or the completed package must be capable of withstanding a 1.2 m drop test. Each package must be labeled with a lithium battery handling label. A Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods is not required. An overpack must b e marked with the word “Overpack” and labeled with the lithium battery label, unless the label(s) on the package(s) inside the overpack are visible. The equipment must be secured against move ment within the outer packaging and must be equipped with an effective means of preventing accidental activation.

Limit per package: Passenger aircraft = 5kg

                             Cargo aircraft only = 5kg


3. Lithium Ion Batteries Contained in Equipment UN3481, PI 967
● Batteries must be marked with the Watt-hour rating on the outside case.

Section I applies where the equipment contains lithium ion batteries with a Watt-hour rating in excess of 100 Wh, which must be assigned to Class 9 and are subject to all of the applicable requ irements of these Regulations. A Class9 label will be needed on the package.

Limit per package: Passenger aircraft = 5kg

                             Cargo aircraft only = 35kg


Section II applies where the equipment contains lithium ion batteries with a Watt-hour rating not exceeding 100 Wh. The number of cells or batteries in each package must not exceed the appr opriate number for the equipment's operation, plus two spares. Each package must be labeled with a lithium battery handling label. A Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods is not required. An overpack must be marked with the word “Overpack” and labeled with the lithium battery label, unless the label(s) on the package(s) inside the overpack are visible. The equipment containing the batteries must be secured against movement within the outer packaging and be packed so as to prevent accidental operation during air transport.

Limit per package: Passenger aircraft = 5kg

                             Cargo aircraft only = 5kg