Air, Freight News

UPS Section II Battery Requirements Changed

[ January 11, 2017   //   ]

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, UPS changed its requirements for shipping lithium batteries by air. These changes support the company’s continuing efforts to ensure the safety of its employees while at the same time meeting the needs of its customers.

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 a UPS Air service be prepared and shipped as fully regulated dangerous goods. Beginning Jan.1, 2017, UPS no longer allowed air shipments under reduced regulations, such as: Section II of IATA Packing Instructions 965 (ion, UN3480) and 968 (metal, UN3090) 49 CFR 173.185(c).

Shippers will need to enter a UPS Dangerous Goods service agreement before shipping lithium ion or lithium metal batteries without equipment by air. This requirement does not apply to UPS® Ground shipments. Additional service fees may apply to these changes.