Avoid these 3 mistakes when you ship battery products

Are you an electronic device manufacturer or a retailer? Or does your company handle shipments of battery devices a lot? Then, you’ve come to the right place. Shipping batteries or battery products can be quite a process. Given that batteries are considered to be a hazardous material, extra regulations are put in place by freight forwarders to ensure maximum safety and minimize liability.

This article will tell you some common mistakes to avoid and precautionary measures that you can take to ensure you ship your battery products safely next time. 

3 common mistakes to watch out for when shipping battery products

1. Not packing your products well 

This does not only focus on sealing the packages right but rather following the requirements as ordered by a formal agency (i.e: International Air Transport Association [IATA]) or even your freight forwarder such as UPS or FedEx. 

For certain types of batteries or battery products, you will have to comply with an extra step of packing the products such as adding an insulated cap or leak-proof liners. By failing to abide by these rules, you are not only putting other people's lives at risk but also your company’s as it may cost you somewhere between thousands to millions of dollars in just penalty.

2. Not following testing or general guidelines by Organizations 

Since batteries contain hazardous materials and liquids, oftentimes, if not packed right, exposure to pressure or heat may cause explosions or fire accidents. Hence, there are organizations country wise and globally, such as International organizations like International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that have set guidelines in regards to testing and packing the battery products to ensure safety. 

The UN also has specific guidelines on testing certain cells or batteries prior to shipping them. The tests are to ensure that your products can resist real situations that are incident during transportation. Not following these tests and avoiding to provide that required proof will again cost you millions of dollars in just a penalty. 

3. Removal of batteries

If you are shipping products with lithium-ion batteries, such as laptops, cameras, phones, and watches, do not remove the batteries out and place them separately. Keep them within the devices. Direct exposure to pressure and heat will cause them to explode and cause an accident. 

What steps should you take the next time you are shipping battery products?

1. Compliance. Compliance. Compliance. Battery labeling requirements change with regulations. 

Particularly, when you are dealing with plain batteries, the labeling requirements are quite stringent. As regulations change, the labeling requirements change, hence it is really crucial to stay up to date about the labels and have in storage the widest variety of such labels. Labels ranging from lithium battery labels, non-spillable, markings including recyclable, universal waste and such as always good ones have in stock for your packaging. 

Keep up with your desired freight moving companies as they revise and post their updated battery labeling requirements and the type of battery products they carry or restrict from time to time. 

2. Search up packaging guidelines for your type of battery or battery product 

Many of the freight forwarders strictly follow the battery guidelines provided by organizations such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Hence, a good rule of thumb would be to visit these pages to inform yourself of the guidelines before you proceed with your shipment planning. 

If you are shipping AA or AAA battery products, sometimes you may be asked to remove them from the devices and pack them separately. You may even wrap them in bubble wrap to keep them safe and scratch or dent free. 

Another tip is to switch off the devices with an inbuilt battery and ensure the packing is done in a way that a slight movement or sudden jerk does not turn the device on during its transportation. 

3. Be proactive, and regularly audit your shipping regulations 

If you are shipping your products by air, in countries like the US, you can have a government agent from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for free of charge to come or even hire a private consultant to help you review your policies and regulations to minimize your liability. For other countries, you may search up local government or private consultants to help review your policies. 

You can also ensure that your freight forwarders offer a certain amount of insurance coverage in the event of an accident. With bookairfreight.com, we offer to cover up to US$ 10,000 insured value for free. It is a one-stop platform for all your air freight needs, you can look at all the options available for the air freight, get an instant quote, and close a deal with them. It sure will reduce your search time from days to seconds and saving you at least 20% on the costs.  

Give it a try now and get an instant door to door quote for your next shipment at www.bookairfreight.com.

Resources
  1. https://www.labelmaster.com/shop/labels/battery-labels
  2. https://www.parcelhero.com/blog/expert-shipping-advice/shipping-batteries

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