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Shipping of Battery Products

Taking actions to ensure the safe shipping of batteries, battery cartridges and products that contain batteries is important to ensure that arrive at their destination without damage. These guidelines ensure that batteries, battery cartridges and battery containing products are safely and securely packaged for transportation, and meet international requirements for safe handling.

All batteries are considered as Class 9 "Hazardous Materials" or "Dangerous Goods" for shipping either domestically or internationally.  There are many rules and exceptions applicable to these products.   Below are instructions to assist in the shipping of APC battery products.  Before shipping, confirm with your carrier that all requirements have been met.

Lithium batteries are either classified as "Lithium Metal" (primary/non-rechargeable) or "Lithium Ion" (includes lithium polymer; these are secondary/rechargeable). The Lithium batteries used in APC Rechargeable and Mobile Battery Packs are Lithium Ion. The lead acid batteries used in APC Rechargeable Battery Packs are Sealed Lead Acid Batteries.

Below are links to work instructions that provide guidance in the shipping our products. Before shipping, please confirm with your carrier that all requirements have been met.

Shipping Work Instructions for Common APC Products that Contain Batteries

 

Product
Individual Product (one or two per shipment)
As Bulk Shipment
As Warranty Return
For Recycling/Disposal
Other
Rechargeable Battery Packs (Sealed Lead Acid) – See NOTE 1
RBC PB WI 2015_1026
RBC PB BULK WI 2015_1026
RBC PB WARRANTY WI 2015_1026
RBC PB RECYCLING WI 2015_1026

Rechargeable Battery Packs (Sealed Lead Acid) Contained in a UPS – See NOTE 1
RBC PB in UPS WI 2015_1026

RBC PB in UPS WARRANTY WI 2015_1026
RBC PB in UPS RECYCLING WI 2015_1026

Rechargeable Battery Packs (Lithium Ion)
RBC LI ION WI 2015_1026
RBC LI ION BULK WI 2015_1026
RBC LI ION WARRANTY WI 2015_1026
RBC LI ION RECYCLING WI 2015_1026

Rechargeable Battery Packs (Lithium Ion) Contained in a UPS
RBC LI ION in UPS WI 2015_1026

RBC LI ION in UPS WARRANTY WI 2015_1026
RBC LI ION in UPS RECYCLING WI 2015_1026

Mobile Battery Packs (Lithium Ion)
Mobile Power Pack 2 or less_WI 2015_1026
Mobile Power Pack 2 or more_WI 2015_1026
Mobile Power Pack Warranty_WI 2015_1026
Mobile Power Pack Recycling_WI 2015_1026


The emergency phone number(s) for Dangerous Goods shipment of RBC or UPS containing RBC is:

NORTH AMERICA 1-800-788-2208
EUROPE 0800 2799254
ASIA/Japan 03-6402-2030
AUSTRALIA 1 800 652 725