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Transport Regulations

The transport of lithium batteries is subject to regulations. As an introduction, we have prepared a Technical Notice which can be downloaded on the right.

Regulations are based on the United Nations Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. The most important regulations can be summarized as follows:

  1. C- and D-size cells as well as larger cells and most battery packs have to be transported under dangerous goods regulations.
  2. Lithium batteries below 2 g lithium content (corresponding approximately to 3 AA cells) are exempted from dangerous goods regulations but each package requires a special label to indicate that it contains lithium batteries and special procedures shall be followed when a package is damaged during transportation.
  3. Transport regulations require that lithium cells and batteries of all kinds, exempted or not, be tested according to the UN test methods.

Packing instructions for air transport of lithium batteries worldwide are revised bienially by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and distributed in various languages by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). According to the regulations, Tadiran Lithium Batteries are classified as lithium metal batteries. Different regulations are valid for transport in the USA.

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