Shipping Lithium Batteries or Products to Nigeria
Did you know lithium batteries are classed as dangerous goods? You would be hard pressed to find many shipping companies who are shipping lithium batteries or products due to the potential shipping risks involved.
By following strict international regulations and guidelines Shoptomydoor can ship lithium batteries or products and devices containing lithium providing we meet all the necessary regulations.
Lithium batteries are designed to provide high levels of power, the electrical energy in these batteries are significant, meaning that such batteries can sometimes generate a great amount of heat if short circuited.
In addition, the chemical contents of these batteries may catch fire if damaged or if improperly designed or assembled. For these reasons, there are safety regulations controlling the shipment of these types of batteries.
Although, products containing lithium are some of the most commonly used items all over the world today, a lot of people are still not aware of how powerful or dangerous they can be.
Lithium batteries are dangerous goods that can pose a safety risk if they are not properly prepared and packaged for shipping from one region or country to another. To this end packages under this category must be shipped in accordance with international transport regulations.
Shipping Lithium Batteries In Various Forms
A wide variety of electronic goods powered by lithium batteries are affected by the regulations, regardless of whether they are rechargeable (Lithium Ion) or non-rechargeable (Lithium Metal):
- Lithium batteries which are packed and shipped as individual items (loose or bulk). A good example of these are loose batteries, power bank or the battery used to power a laptop computer which is integrated into the laptop.
- Lithium batteries that are packed separately but shipped with equipment in the same box. A typical example is your mobile phone which has a replaceable lithium battery
- Lithium batteries that are physically attached or connected to the device or equipment and therefore shipped in the same box. Another typical example of this is your computer, tablet of mobile phone like Samsung S7, S8, Iphones etc these ones cannot be removed or replaced by the user. The batteries are inbuilt.
Safely Shipping Lithium Batteries
Lithium batteries are commonly seen in our mobile devices, your phones, tablets, laptops, computers, flash light and car batteries contain lithium. They are common in tools and equipment and can be a source of dangerous heat, spark or fire if they are not packaged properly before loading in containers or cargo planes.
When shipping a package containing lithium batteries, strong rigid outer packaging must be used. However, depending on the type of lithium batteries, additional markings and labelling may also be required.
Protect Batteries and Terminals
- When shipping lithium batteries ensure you package to keep them from being damaged, wobbling or moving around while in transit and during handling at the airport or sea port.
- Professionals must handle, package and ship lithium batteries. When shipping almost any battery, you must protect all terminals against short circuits that can result in fire. How is this done? Simply protect terminals by covering them with an insulating, non-conductive material such as electrical tapes. It is not safe to manage material if insufficient for use. Adequately cover all of it prior to shipping.
- Metals can trigger fire if they come in contact with lithium batteries so ensure to always keep metal objects or other materials that can short circuit battery terminals away from them. At Shoptomydoor we use a separate box for batteries and ship separately from general goods.
- Packing is done separately to avoid contact while in transit. Packing each battery in fully enclosed inner packaging to ensure exposed terminals are protected.
If you have queries about shipping lithium batteries or dangerous goods just give us a call.
Types of Lithium Batteries
- Lithium ion – These are classified as secondary batteries and are rechargeable. You often see them in laptops, computers, mobile phones and power tools.
- Lithium metal – They are also full regulated as hazardous materials, also known as dangerous goods, for shipping.
- Wet Batteries – These batteries are commonly used in cars, forklifts, power sources, electric wheelchairs and other. Wet batteries contain highly corrosive acid or alkali and can cause fires from short circuit.
- Dry Batteries – These batteries are typically used for portable power applications, are hermetically sealed and generally use metals (other than lead) and/or carbon as electrodes.
However, in addition to the elementary safety procedures these products require:
- Specialized packaging
- Specific hazard labeling; and
- Specific documents certifying compliance with the applicable regulations.
It is important to know that:
- If there is any risk that a device could overheat, it should be sent without batteries.
- Regulations applicable to lithium batteries change often in the United States.
Where Can I Find Products Containing Lithium Batteries?
Frequently most people are shipping lithium batteries and many do no even know, they are in your hand every day and we all use them.
Remember, they are the little bundles of power that help you stay comfortable and connected, so you can find them in these products:
- Mobile phones, Tablets and Ipads – Iphone, Smasung, Nokia etc
- Hover boards
- Remote controls
- Measuring equipment
- Power tools
- Remote car keys
- Equipment used in hospitals
Why Are Lithium Batteries Dangerous Goods?
Lithium batteries are used to power a very large variety of electronic devices, which we use in our homes, offices and schools. However they are considered as dangerous goods (HAZMAT) since they can overheat and ignite under certain conditions.
To avoid risks and guarantee the safety of air freight, strict IATA regulations apply when shipping lithium batteries. As a matter of fact, the sender is legally responsible for the safe shipping of these class of goods and must follow the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations.
Avoid any stress and ship your lithium batteries. Shoptomydoor takes the moving of your shipment containing lithium batteries very seriously and complies with IATA.
To know our ship out schedule for lithium please call 0700 800 8000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.