It is of utmost importance to handle batteries in a correct and proper manner during storage, packing and transport as batteries are treated as dangerous goods. At Celltech we are adhering to very strict regulations and instructions to eliminate damages and incidents during the transport of our products. The latter is very important in view of the energy density, especially in the case of Li-Ion batteries and where a shortage might result in serious consequences, like a fire.
The vast distances in various environments might damage the batteries with leakage as well as shortage as a consequence if the batteries are not packed in the right way. There are various actors in the transport chain, the sender, the carrier, the forwarder, the transport company, the receipient, etc, etc, and the respective responsibilities are regulated by specific laws and regulations. Apart from this there are special rules when transporting by road, by sea and by air, which are all subject to international regulations.
Accordingly, the sender of the batteries have a big responsibility regarding the following:
– Classification, i e type of battery, UN code, etc
– Packaging, where specific rules apply for different types of batteries
– Marking of cartons in accordance with prevailing regulations
– Documentation and where a UN38.3 test summary report must be available in case of any request from carrier and/or other actor during the transport chain
The regulations for transport of batteries are updated and revised on an ongoing bases and it is cruical that the sender of batteries is keeping up to date, as a minor deviation from the regulations could lead to that the consignment is being held, or in the worst case, returned to the sender.
Find out more about the new transport regulations starting 1/1 2020.