If you have ever considered shipping lithium batteries or products that contain them, it’s not as easy as merely labeling a package and sending them on their way. There are quite a lot of regulations involved with their transportation, all of which are extremely important and necessary.
So why is this the case?
Lithium batteries are classified as dangerous goods. This is because they are composed of many different chemistries, cathodes, and electrolytes. When damaged, lithium batteries become a chemical and electrical hazard capable of chemical burns, electrical shock, and extreme heat. This means they can be dangerous if not safely packaged and handled when transported.
If lithium batteries are improperly stored or defective when they are shipped, they can short circuit, overheat, or start a fire. Packages containing lithium batteries should never be jostled or dropped during transit and must be properly stored to endure changing environmental factors.
For these reasons, it is imperative that shippers take the time to safely store, package, and label any mail containing lithium batteries.