Lithium batteries

As of 1 January 2013, it is permitted to send lithium batteries and cells inside equipment by mail (under strict conditions). Often found in electronic devices such as laptops and mobile phones, lithium batteries are dangerous because they can easily overheat and catch fire under certain conditions. For this reason only lithium batteries inside equipment are allowed to be sent by mail.

Conditions for sending lithium vary depending on the chosen method of transport (by road or by air), but the following general conditions apply: 

New lithium batteries and cells inside/contained in equipment

  • Max. lithium content per cell: 1 gr / 20 wh; max. lithium content per battery: 2 gr /100 wh
  • Max 4 cells or 2 batteries per device per shipment
  • Batteries and cells that are not inserted in a device and loose batteries/cells are not allowed to be sent.
  • Built-in cells and batteries must be prevented from discharging and must be securely packaged within a rigid outerpacking. 
  • There may be no danger of overheating or short-circuiting • Batteries must be free of damage / defects and must be approved.