Batteries

Plenty of shipments of batteries are moving around the globe as containerized cargo. Some are offered as non-hazardous which leads to confusion as similar name batteries are offered as hazardous also.

C batteries by Sony

English: ZEUS Sealed Lead Acid Batteries

Below is the list of batteries in IMDG Code and the criteria due to which some can be transported as non-hazardous goods.


Proper Shipping Name

Class

UNNO

Special Provision

Criteria to become non-Hazardous

BATTERIES, CONTAINING SODIUM 4.3 3292 239 Batteries installed in vehicles are not subject to the provisions of IMDG Code
BATTERIES, DRY, CONTAINING POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, SOLID
electric storage
8 3028 295
304
BATTERIES, WET, FILLED WITH ACID electric storage 8 2794 295
BATTERIES, WET, FILLED WITH ALKALI electric storage 8 2795 295
BATTERIES, WET, NON-SPILLABLE electric storage 8 2800 29
238
Provided they pass Vibration Test, Pressure test and no leakage from crack at 55 Deg C as per special Provision 238
LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES (including lithium alloy batteries) 9 3090 188
230
310
957
If meeting the criteria listed in Special provision 188
LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES CONTAINED IN EQUIPMENT or
LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES PACKED WITH EQUIPMENT (including lithium alloy batteries)
9 3091 188
230
957
If meeting the criteria listed in Special provision 188
LITHIUM ION BATTERIES (including lithium ion polymer – batteries) 9 3480 188
230
310
348
957
If meeting the criteria listed in Special provision 188
LITHIUM ION BATTERIES CONTAINED IN EQUIPMENT or LITHIUM ION BATTERIES PACKED WITH EQUIPMENT (including lithium ion polymer batteries) 9 3481 188
230
348
957
If meeting the criteria listed in Special provision 188
BATTERIES, NICKEL-METAL HYDRIDE 9 3496 117
963
If meeting the criteria listed in Special provision 963. See entry NICKEL-METAL HYDRIDE BATTERIES

9 comments

  1. Well, you are a professional, thanks Shashi. Sometimes I feel difficult to interpret the exemption conditions in Special Provisions like 188.

    Whether all the listed from 1-9 in A88 are required to meet or any one of them ?

    1. Bagio,
      You have written “A88” believe it is 188. We need to interpret special provision 188 by breaking it down because even if not subject to IMDG Code still there are some requirements of packaging and weight per package.. I had prepared a Presentation ( two years ago) I will locate it and update with latest rules and post same in this blog soonest, I think that may assist you and others looking for this info.

  2. What is an example of UN3028 – BATTERIES, DRY, CONTAINING POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, SOLID
    electric storage? Does clause SP304 exclude some batteries being consider DG?

    And how to classify those AA alkaine batteries in retail store? Are those DG also?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Alex,

      UN 3028 BATTERIES, DRY, CONTAINING POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, SOLID electric : This entry can only be used for those batteries which are dry and no filled with water for activation. Special provision 304 states that UN 3028 can only be used for those batteries which are not filed with water. In case water is filled in it then shipper need to use UN 2795 BATTERIES, WET, FILLED WITH ALKALI electric storage.

      SP 304 does not exclude any batteries to become non hazardous.

      However AA size Alkaline batteries in retail stores are not considered as hazardous.

      Regards/Shashi

      1. In short, 304 can be apply to car storage battery when not fill with water.
        Any chance you can let me know what it looks like? perhaps a link to wiki or any source.

        Thanks for taking time to reply while on road

        1. 304 is applicable to pot.hydroxide batteries. not applicable to lead acid batteries. car storage batteries are lead acid containing sulphuric acid.

          i will look for a link and shareater.

          regards

  3. We are transporting goods under UN 3481 (li-ion contained in equipment). It meets special provision 188. What are the additional codes listed here: 230, 348, 957– are these additional provisions that need to be met as well or do they not apply to all shipments? Where can I find the published definitions of these codes? Our freight forwarder asked under which codes the goods will be shipped from this list– and from what I can tell, the relevant codes for our shipment are 188 & 230.

  4. Good Day, Apologies for being delay in replying. Self was traveling hence couldn’t reply on time.
    If you are shipping Lithium Batteries by ocean shipment shall meet the criteria of IMDG Code.
    Depending on the UN Number assigned to your goods you need to check the special provisions applicable.
    Click on below link for clarity

    https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=96DBA69F5E9B9AB9!522&cid=96dba69f5e9b9ab9&app=PowerPoint&wdo=2&authkey=!AMSaQj4mf1p35V0

    Regards/Shashi

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