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Sending lithium batteries

Conditions for sending lithium by parcel post

Lithium batteries or lithium cells may be sent by parcel post under certain conditions. Lithium batteries are often used in electronic devices. They are dangerous because they can overheat and ignite under certain conditions. Sending loose lithium by air is not allowed.

Sending lithium in Belgium or abroad

The conditions for the transport of lithium differ depending on the mode of transport. In general, the following guidelines apply: 

New lithium batteries or cells 

  • Battery: lithium content not higher than 2 grams / 100 Wh. 
  • Cell: lithium content not higher than 1 gram / 20 Wh. 
  • Maximum 4 cells or 2 batteries in one device per shipment. 
  • Loose batteries and cells or equipment with additional batteries / cells may not be sent by post. 
  • Cells and batteries in equipment may not be completely discharged during transport. Therefore, pack them securely (rigid outer packaging and equipment attached inside). 
  • There must be no risk of overheating or short-circuiting of the batteries. 
  • The batteries may not be damaged or defective. 
  • The batteries must be inspected. 
  • Used lithium batteries or cells may not be sent by post.

Examples allowed

Lithium voorbeelden toegestaan

Examples not allowed

Lithium voorbeelden niet toegestaan