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Shipping Lithium-Ion Battery Items - Info?



5:27 pm on Jan 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm trying to understand this whole new process to ship "lithium-ion" battery items properly. Does anyone have any experience shipping these type of items through DHL, FedEx, USPS?

For DHL, I found this *.pdf file:

One part where I get confused is for the "Step 4 How many Batteries does your package have in total?" section that states "Helpful note: Do not confuse a package with an overpack. There are no restrictions for the number of packages (and therefore Batteries) per overpack.".

Just using this as an example, if I wanted to ship 10 iPads in 1 box; would that be considered "< 2 batteris" since each iPad only comes with 1 battery within each iPad box? Or would this be considered "> 2 batteries" since there are 10 batteris in 1 box?

For USPS, I found this URL link:

So just to verify that I'm understanding this correctly; this means that I can ship only 2 iPads in 1 box?

Thank you eCommerce shipping experts! :)


6:08 pm on Jan 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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10 iPads in a box would be 10 batteries.

The overpack is the wooden skid you stack your boxes onto, before the forklift driver puts in on the truck.


7:40 pm on Jan 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Ok, thank you...was a bit confused on the meaning of "overpack".

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