Notes on Transportation

Lithium metal batteries are classified as Class 9 dangerous goods in the United Nations Recommendations, and given UN numbers UN3090 and UN3091. All the relevant requirements of UN Recommendations as well as other related regulations such as IATA Dangerous Goods Regulation (IATA-DGR), International Maritime Dangerous Code (IMDG-Code) and, in the case of air transportation in the USA, Title 49 of Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) shall be met for transportation of lithium metal batteries as described below. Please note that air transportation regulations for lithium batteries will be amended irregularly as required and that it is important to refer to the latest IATA-DGR (61th edition).

Special Notes Regarding FDK Lithium Batteries

  • All of our lithium batteries are categorized as lithium metal batteries from a transportation regulation perspective.
  • Our lithium batteries and shipping packages meet the requirements of subsection 38.3, Part III, UN Manual of Test and Criteria.
  • Package specifications of our lithium batteries comply with all requirements set down in the above-mentioned transportation regulations and requirements. When you want to use our original package for shipping and require related certification, please contact our relevant department through your distribution channel.
  • If you pack lithium batteries for shipping, please note that you will be responsible for related tests and certificates.
  • Shipping agents may set their own rules of transportation, so please contact them in advance.

Air transportation of our lithium batteries

  1. Transportation of batteries packed by themselves (UN3090)
    Air transportation of lithium cells and batteries by themselves is permitted on cargo aircraft only. The Packing Instruction 968 (PI968) of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulation (IATA-DGR) sets down three Sections for transport of lithium metal batteries packed by themselves as follows:
    • Transport of batteries in accordance with Section ⅠA
      Cells containing more than 1g of lithium or batteries (battery packs) containing more than 2g of lithium are applicable to Section IA, and it is permitted to transport them as Class 9 Dangerous Goods when they comply with all requirements ※1 of the transport conditions of Section IA.
    • Transport of batteries in accordance with Section Section ⅠB
      Cells containing more than 0.3g and less than 1g of lithium or batteries (battery packs) containing more than 0.3g and less than 2g of lithium are applicable to Section IB, and it is permitted to transport them without using a Class 9 Dangerous Goods container (packing group II) when they comply with all requirements ※1 of the transport conditions of Section IB.
    • Transport of batteries in accordance with Section Section Ⅱ
      Cells or batteries (battery packs) containing less than 0.3g of lithium are applicable to Section II, and it is permitted to transport them as exempted Class 9 Dangerous Goods when they comply with all requirements ※1 of the transport conditions of Section II. In the case of cells or batteries applicable to Section IB when the number of cells per one package is 8 pieces or less, or the number of batteries per package is 2 pieces or less, it is permitted to transport them as exempted Class 9 Dangerous Goods when they comply with all requirements ※1 of the transport conditions of Section II. However, the number of package prepared to transport in accordance with Section II with a single air waybill is limited to one.
    Lithium content/cell (battery) Products Packing Category (IATA-DGR)
    Over 1g (2g) CR23500SE Section Ⅰ A
    1g(2g) and less ∼ Over 0.3g CR1/2 6·L, CR1/2 6LHT, CR2/3 6·L, CR2/3 6L, CR2/3 6LHT, CR2/3 8·L, CR6·L, CR8·L, CR8·LHC, CR8LHT, CR12600SE, CR17335SE, CR17335SE-R, CR17450SE, CR17450SE-R, CR17355E-R, CR17450E-R, CR17335E-N, CR17450E-N, CR17335EF, CR17335HEF, CR17335EG, CR17335EL, CR17335HE-R, CR17450HE-R, CR17450HE-N, CR17450ENS, CR17450EG, CR17450ES, CR2, CR123A, CP-V9J, CP-V9Ju, CR-P2, 2CR5, CR17450ESK, CR17500EP, CR17335E-R Section Ⅰ B
    0.3g and less CR14250SE, CR14250SE-R, CR1216, CR1220, CR1616, CR1620, CR1632, CR2016, CR2025, CR2032, CR2430, CR2450, CR2477, CR-1/3N, 2CR-1/3N, ML414, ML414U, ML421, ML614, ML621, ML1220, ML2016, ML2430, ML410R, ML410RU, ML414RU, ML614R, NBL414, NBL414R, TL421, TL410R, TL414R, UT614, UT621, CF042039(N), CF052039(N), CF042722U(N), CF052722U(N), CF042223(N) section Ⅱ
    Section Ⅰ B Section Ⅰ When the number of cell per package is 8 or less, or the number of batteries per package is two or less, Section Ⅱ is applied.
  2. Transportation of batteries mounted on applications or packed with applications
    If lithium content of cells is 1g or less or total lithium content of batteries is 2g or less, they are applicable to Section Ⅱ and permitted for transport as exempted Class 9 Dangerous Goods when they comply with all requirements※1 of the transport conditions of Section Ⅱ. If the lithium content is over the aforementioned values, they are applicable to Section Ⅰ and permitted for transport as Class 9 Dangerous Goods when they comply with all requirements※1 of the transport conditions of Section Ⅰ A.
※1: For more detailed information of transport conditions, please refer to IATA-DGR 61th edition

Sea transportation of our lithium batteries

If lithium content of cells is 1g or less or total lithium content of batteries (battery packs) is 2g or less, Special Provision 188, International Maritime Dangerous Code (IMDG-Code) applies to them and they are permitted for transport as exempted dangerous goods when they comply with all requirements※2 of the transport conditions.
※2: For more detailed information of transport conditions, please refer to the latest version of IMDG-Code.

Regulation for air transportation in the USA

In the case of air transportation of lithium metal batteries in/to/from the USA, transport by passenger aircraft is forbidden and the " LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES FORBIDDEN FOR TRANSPORT ABOARD PASSENGER AIRCRAFT". Please refer to the latest version of Parts 171, 172, 173 and 175 of 49CFR (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49) for more details.