Shipping batteries is not as straightforward as it may seem. Depending on the type, they may be considered a hazardous materials with shipping restrictions at the country, carrier or service level. It is your responsibility to do your research before you ship, but we’re here to help break it down!
There are three main factors that determine if a battery will be permitted for shipping with Chit Chats.
- The type of battery
- The service to be used
- The shipment packaging
Important! Damaged or recalled batteries are strictly prohibited from being shipped and will not be permitted under any circumstance.
Type of Battery
Alkaline & Dry Cells
Common household dry-cell batteries (such as sizes AA, AAA, C, D, etc.) are generally not regulated as hazardous materials and are permitted for shipping in most cases.
Lithium refers to the type of anode used in the battery. Tablets, computers and cell phones are commonly powered by lithium batteries. These types of batteries are generally considered to be hazardous but are often able to be shipped if certain conditions are met such as the service used or packaging.
These are wet batteries that do not leak any electrolyte or liquid if the battery is ruptured or cracked and are commonly found in automotive parts. These batteries are generally considered to be a hazardous material and are only permitted to be shipped with certain services.
Type of Service
Most hazardous batteries are not permitted for shipping via our Asendia, UPS MI and Chit Chats International Standard services.* This also extends to devices which contain these batteries. For example, lithium batteries are not permitted, nor are cell phones containing lithium batteries. However, alkaline batteries are permitted provided that they are not rechargeable and are packaged safely.
Packaging your Shipment
When hazardous materials are permitted for shipping, they are often under specific packaging instructions. These specifications are typically made by the carrier. For example, USPS has a guide on how to mail lithium batteries. Below are some other guidelines for packaging shipments containing batteries.
If you are still trying to determine if your shipment containing batteries can be shipped, please see our handy table below.
*Some services may only be available for grandfathered accounts.