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UN/DOT 38.3 Transportation Testing for Lithium Batteries


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May 24, 2007
Toronto Harbour
From latest LEVA newsletter:
Did you miss the webinar on UN/DOT 38.3 Transportation Testing for Lithium Batteries webinar, presented by Intertek and Micro Power Electronics?

Here is a PDF version of the slides and below is a link to the recorded presentation. This recorded version will be available until Friday, May 6th.

Do you ship Lithium batteries? Read this Section:

Shipping Batteries Safely: Everything you need to know from the DOT:


Has your staff received hazardous material shipping training? Whether they mark, label, package, prepare or simply reoffer hazardous materials packages you must be trained. Sign up for it at


This one is sponsored by FedEx but you can also find the UPS Seminar on Hazardous materials/Dangerous Goods at:


In essence, any lithium batteries larger than 36V 8.3Ah cannot be shipped either air or ground without being HazMat compliant. If the lithium battery is on the bike it has to go Class 2 which requires Hazmat labeling but not special packaging. International shipments of Lithium's need to be UN/DOT tested or the receiver is in violation.

A bigger potential problem is inbound from customers (batteries for repair) which have to go HM as well. Special exemption permits need to be acquired from Washington which take at least 4 months to come in.

You can also access the DOT document on Shipping Batteries by Air at. http://www.levassociation.com/assets/PHMSAShippingBatteriesSafelybyAir-1.pdf

Why Are Batteries Regulated in Transportation?

Batteries are woven into the fabric of modern American life. They power portable computers, phones, and audio devices. They make possible motorized wheelchairs and cordless tools. We have come to depend on batteries for an increasingly mobile lifestyle. Today's batteries contain more power than ever, making possible a steadily growing number of higher-powered devices on the market. But with that increased power comes greater risk and the need to manage the risk. Shippers can play an important role in reducing this risk and preventing incidents including fires aboard aircraft.


Thought some here might be interested in the slideshow from the webinar so I have attached the pdf here.



  • UN-DOT-Transportation-Testing-for-Lithium-Batteries-2011.pdf
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Thanks Lock, outstanding presentation. Took me hours to research this area a couple of months ago, and I still had questions that were answered in your presentation. It is a great primer on the testing requirements for Li batteries required for shipping approvals.