Helping consumers ship their battery-operated goods

Helping consumers ship their battery-operated goods

DATE: 02/15/17

The consumer electronics industry is constantly changing with new products and product improvements entering the markets. Every time a product such as a laptop, camera or smart phone gets advanced features, consumers enjoy the benefit of those new options. But shipping electronics and complying with the continuously changing rules is getting more and more challenging.

A leading manufacturer of smart phones recently had to recall all their cellphones because of the risk they posed during air flights. That’s because the lithium batteries inside them have been classified as dangerous goods, since the electrolyte they contain is a flammable liquid.

There were enough concerns about the risks posed by these batteries that the International Air Transport Association developed a set of guidelines for transporting these batteries by air. The guidelines apply to a wide range of items, including laptops, tablets, cameras, power tools, electric drones, and even electric toothbrushes.

For consumers who need to ship these products, the new regulations are likely to be confusing. Since so many commonly used electronic devices contain lithium batteries today, classifying them as dangerous goods can leave people worrying about whether they can safely transport their devices.

If you’re planning to ship a laptop or wireless device, Amerijet is here to help you. Our certified hazardous material agents will take away the confusion when it comes to shipping electronics..

Lithium-ion batteries have been under the microscope ever since the Federal Aviation Administration ran a series of tests and then issued a warning that these batteries pose a risk. Due to this safety assessment, the rules for shipping lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries have changed, these rules also apply when shipping a single item which contains a lithium-ion rechargable battery. All shipments with lithium-ion batteries need to be declared to the airline, so that these shipments are packaged, labeled and documented correctly.

The challenge comes if you’re starting to ship multiple items containing lithium batteries, depending on the quantity, these shipments may be considered hazardous. At Amerijet we handle single as well as commercial shipments of electronics containing lithium batteries.

Amerijet, one of the few air cargo carriers qualified to transport hazardous materials, the company’s well-trained team of certified hazardous-material shipping agents are happy to assist you with your shipping needs. Amerijet has more than 40 years of air cargo experience handling all types of freight.

If you need to ship electronic products and are concerned about shipping regulations, we can help you make informed decisions about keeping your packages in compliance.
Find more information, log on to our website at Amerijet and visit our page on hazardous materials at Amerijet.

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