The Compliance Center (ICC)

Bulletin: transporting batteries


Source: The Compliance Center (ICC)

This bulletin is divided into 9 items and addresses batteries that are regulated under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations.

  1. General Information on the TDG Act and Regulations
  2. Classification of Batteries
  3. General Requirements for Shipping
  4. Special Cases, Special Provisions or Equivalency Certificates1
  5. Shipping as Waste
  6. Shipping by Vessel
  7. Shipping by Aircraft
  8. Cross-Border Shipments from the United States
  9. Upcoming Changes

General Information on the TDG Act and Regulations

While many types exist, not all batteries are subject to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act and Regulations. For example, common household-type alkaline, nickel cadmium (NiCad), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), and silver-zinc batteries are not classified as dangerous goods. Even some small lithium batteries, depending on the amount of lithium they contain, may also be exempt from the TDG Regulations. When batteries are shipped by air, more requirements or even some restrictions apply. For example, even household type batteries must have the terminals protected from short-circuit for air shipment.

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