Packing Instructions (PI) are just another piece of the battery label puzzle.
They were created and implemented by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Specifically, for how lithium batteries must be packaged and shipped for transportation on aircraft carriers.
These instructions refer to information like:
- Which battery type is being shipped
- If they are standalone, packed with or contained in equipment
- The weight limit for the package
Using durable label materials when shipping lithium batteries ensures a strong application. This can mean printing on synthetic materials that won’t tear or scratch and using a resilient adhesive to combat changing environmental conditions.
You will also need to follow them when preparing your shipment.
For lithium ion batteries, refer to Packing Instructions 965.
For lithium metal batteries, refer to Packing Instructions 968.
After locating the correct PI, you’ll need to figure out which section applies to your shipment. Different sections apply for different battery types.
These can include:
- Section I
- Section II
- Section IA
- Section IB
Once you figure out which section of instructions your lithium batteries fall into, you’ll be able to determine the labels needed to ship.