Shipping Dangerous Goods - Battery Requirements

Effective January 1, 2017, UPS will change its requirements for shipping lithium batteries by air. These changes support our continuing efforts to ensure the safety of our employees while at the same time meeting the needs of our customers.

The change will require that all U.S. Air and international Air shipments of lithium ion or metal cells and batteries shipped without equipment by a UPS Air service be prepared and shipped as fully regulated dangerous goods. Beginning January 1, 2017, UPS will no longer allow air shipments under reduced regulations, such as:

  • Section II of IATA Packing Instructions 965 (ion, UN3480) and 968 (metal, UN3090)

Shippers will need to enter a UPS Dangerous Goods service agreement before shipping lithium ion or lithium metal batteries without equipment by air. Additional service fees may apply to these changes. 

Questions about shipping dangerous goods with UPS may be directed to your UPS sales professional.

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