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Lithium Battery Shipping Changes For Air Shipments

Effective January 1, 2017, all parcel carriers will change their requirements for shipping lithium batteries by air. These changes will include all major parcel air carriers including UPS, FedEx, and DHL.

The change will require that all U.S. Air and International Air shipments of lithium ion or metal cells and batteries shipped without equipment by an Air service be prepared and shipped as fully regulated dangerous goods. Beginning January 1, 2017, they will no longer allow air shipments under the commonly reduced regulations, such as:
* Section II of IATA Packing Instructions 965 (ion, UN3480) and 968 (metal, UN3090)
* 49 CFR 173.185(c)

This requirement does not apply to ground shipments in the contiguous United States but does apply to ground shipments to Alaska, Catalina Island, Hawaii, and other locations which require ocean, international, or air shipment to achieve final delivery.
It is the policy of MTO Battery that any shipment which contains dangerous goods cannot be shipped collect on a customers shipper account. MTO Battery is responsible and liable for the compliance and handling of the dangerous goods shipment. Therefore, we need to have the package shipped on our account so we are authorized to speak with and direct the carrier accordingly should there be any issues with the package during transit. If the billing is done through a customer account it further complicates things, requires customer authorizations, and hinders our ability to effectively communicate with the carrier. For this reason we do not permit such transactions to occur.
Surcharges for Dangerous Goods Shipments by air for 2017:
$45 DG Parcel Fee (Assessed by UPS)
$15 DG Packaging / Paperwork Filing Fee (Assessed by MTO Battery)
$10/Battery Fee To Discharge/Document Assembly @ 30% SOC (Assessed by MTO Battery)


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