Lithium batteries

Ship Lithium batteries the correct way

There are many variations when it comes to lithium batteries. Even though there are ‘only’ 4 UN numbers related to both lithium-ion batteries and lithium metal batteries, there are many other factors that have influence on the variants. For example, the levels of power capacity (Watt hours) and different regulations. On top of that, they are considered as dangerous goods. Therefore, it can be quite complex to find out how to ship them in the right way.


How to find the correct shipping method?

To keep it as simple and easy as possible, we have created an overview that includes all possibilities for all modes of transport. To be precise, there are more than 250 variations. In one clear view, you can find information on packing instructions, quantities, requirements of shipper’s declarations, labeling and more. The overview presents this information per UN number, variant, and regulation.


Changes for 2022

From the 1st of April 2022, the Excepted versions, according to Section II of their packing instruction in Air (ICAO/IATA), are no longer available for loose cells/batteries.

Specifically, it concerns:

  • UN 3480, lithium-ion batteries, cell ≤ 20WH Excepted, battery ≤ 100WH excepted, and;
  • UN 3090, lithium metal batteries, cell < 1G Excepted, battery < 2G excepted.

Because of this, we have created a 2021 and a 2022 overview. The 2021 version is valid until the 31st of March 2022. The 2022 version is valid from the 1st of January 2022. This one has highlighted the two variants that are not available in air anymore from the 1st of April 2022.
Of course, the latest version applicable is implemented in as well.

Download 2022 overview
Download 2021 + 2022 overview


Variants and DGMIDs

Because of the many variants, we have connected our own defined unique identifiers, named DGMIDs, to each variant. This comes in handy when digitalizing your transports and need a standard for digital data exchange.

Read more about DGMIDs