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All batteries are considered dangerous when they are being flown.

Lithium batteries, or lithium-ion batteries, are essentially powerful batteries designed to keep devices running for hours or days at a time. These hold high levels of electric energy, and if they get damaged in transit, these could possibly short-circuit, causing them to overheat and catch fire.

When shipping these types of batteries, the first rule would be to remove the batteries from the device. If it can be removed, be extra cautious; wrap it separately from the device, and wrap it well giving extra attention to bubble wrap. Do not ship two or more batteries in the same parcel.

For shipping abroad, there is additional paperwork required in order for the shipment to be uplifted on an aircraft, as it is considered a hazardous or dangerous shipment. It is important to make sure the country it is being shipped to allows for it to be imported, as several countries have banned the import of lithium batteries.

“There are many more rules and regulations around shipping these items, if more information is required around this, it is best to speak to your forwarder, such as Pioneer Freight, as to the precautions and regulations around the shipping of Lithium Ion Batteries” says Ray Burgess, Director of Pioneer Freight.