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With so much modern equipment being battery-powered, it’s very common to send batteries and battery-containing devices. But all batteries are hazardous if damaged or short-circuited, and a fire in one battery quickly spreads to other batteries in the aircraft or truck. So you need to be aware of the safety and legal obligations when sending batteries.

Let’s break down what’s safe and routine to send, and what to contact us about before sending. This way pilots can focus on flying the plane, not frantically triggering the cargo bay fire suppressors.

Your battery or equipment will fall into one of two categories:


Declare when booking

You must declare any shipment that contains any quantity of lithium at the time of booking, so we can check the packaging and apply the required warning labels.

These common devices, and their batteries, are acceptable in small quantities:

A “small quantity” is less than 5kg of batteries per package.

The batteries must be:


Contact us before booking

Ccontact us before sending any other kinds of batteries. We’ll make arrangements for labelling and packaging so you can send the battery or appliance safely and legally.

Some examples of batteries or battery-containing equipment to contact us about:


Packaging for lithium-ion batteries

We will re-pack batteries where required. Avoid delays by reusing the manufacturer’s packaging or repacking in accordance with these instructions.

Lithium ion batteries contained in equipment

Lithium ion batteries packed with equipment

For more details refer to the packing instruction: UN 3481 in compliance with section II of PI697

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