Lithium batteries and other heat-producing articles can be considered hazardous goods. If you're planning to courier an item containing batteries, or traveling overseas; recent regulation changes may affect the way you are required to pack items containing batteries.
Sending Batteries by Courier
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) supports global standards for airline safety, security, efficiency and sustainability. The IATA requires that devices powered by lithium batteries (i.e. smartphones, tablets) are identified and clearly labelled before they are sent by courier. This allows courier companies to transport the devices safely.
The IATA standards cover items using lithium batteries across all industries (e.g. wireless speakers, laptops, tablets, power-packs) and not just mobile handsets. It doesn’t mean that lithium batteries are now more dangerous, but the standards have been designed to make sure that those who carry affected packages along a courier route know what they are carrying and can treat them appropriately.
When you are sending a device by courier we would suggest you always remember:
- Back up any of your data on the device first (following the manufacturer’s directions)
- Make sure your device is switched off
- Keep the battery inside the phone
- Wrap it in strong, rigid packaging (bubble wrap or cardboard)
- Only put one device in each courier bag
If you're sending more than one device, any standalone batteries/power-packs or your device's battery is damaged or exposed, then you should speak to your courier company about additional labeling for your package.
Travelling with Batteries
Whenever you are travelling by air you should always follow the health and safety directions of your airline carrier.
As a general rule, it's good practice to carry any devices powered by lithium batteries such as mobiles, tablets and laptops as part of your carry-on luggage. You can take several common battery-powered items in your luggage but they need to be packed in different ways. Refer to the Aviation Security Service for a complete list of batteries and other heat-producing articles, and the correct methods for transporting them in your luggage.
All industries must be compliant with the IATA standards for air transport of lithium batteries by 1 January 2019. For more information on IATA and their standards you can click here.