UPS Section II Battery Requirements Changing

Service Update

Effective from 1 January 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 on 1 January 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)
  • 49 CFR 173.185(c)

Shippers will need to enter a UPS Dangerous Goods service agreement before shipping lithium ion or lithium metal batteries without equipment by air. This requirement does not apply to UPS® Ground shipments. Additional service fees may apply to these changes.
The following list of services are applicable to these changes:

UPS Next Day Air®, UPS 2nd Day Air®, UPS 3 Day Select®, UPS Express Critical®, UPS Worldwide Express Plus®, UPS Worldwide Express®, UPS Worldwide Express Freight®, UPS Worldwide Saver®, UPS Worldwide Expedited®, UPS Express® Freight, UPS Air Freight Direct®, UPS Air Freight Consolidated®, UPS Next Day Air® Freight and UPS 2nd Day Air® Freight, as well as Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico using UPS Ground.

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

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