New Regulations for Shipment of Lithium Batteries

2016 is seeing many changes in terms of shipping and transportation. These changes include rate increases and new regulations. The rate increases are occurring across all major US carriers and the regulation changes are applicable to the shipment of all lithium batteries.
Mighty Max Battery continues to ship for free
Some might be concerned about the changes in shipping rates. So, these will be outlined first. Rest assured that Mighty Max Battery will continue to offer Free Shipping for all of your battery and battery accessory purchases. We are able to offer free shipping because we aren’t a reseller, but the manufacturer of the batteries and accessories. This means we can pass the savings on to you by offering low prices and free shipping.

UPS, FedEx, & USPS Rate Changes

The changes in rates by carrier include those by UPS, FedEx, and U.S. Postal Service. These three carriers cover a majority of domestic shipment deliveries. With the growth in year over year online shopping, these carriers are experiencing significant increases in demand of package shipments.
Rate hikes by major US carriers
USPS projected a 10.5% increase in packages to be processed from the 2014 holiday season to the 2015 holiday season. FedEx and UPS estimated a 12.4% and 10% increase, respectively, over the same time period. Combined, this is an increase of over a billion packages to be shipped. This significant increase in demand is likely to be the reason for the rate increases.

UPS has increased rates across many of the services it offers including Delivery Confirmation, Scheduled Pickup, and more. The changes in rates went into effect December 28, 2015 and the entire list can be viewed here: UPS Rate Change Information

FedEx has also increased its rates for most of its services. The increases apply to FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Freight. The changes in rates for FedEx went into effect January 4, 2016 and the details of the changes can be found here: FedEx Shipping Rates Changes

USPS implemented its rate changes on January 17, 2016 and applied it to Flat Rate Envelopes, Packages, and Special Services. So far, postage of First Class letters and envelopes as well as postcards remains the same. A list of all the changes in rates can be viewed here: U.S. Postal Service Rate Changes

Regulations for Shipment of Lithium Ion Batteries

In response to several cases of accidents that occurred due to lithium ion batteries, the international regulations applicable to air shipments of lithium ion batteries have changed. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council has approved amendments to the lithium ion battery provisions in the ICAO Technical Instructions. A summary of the amendments are as follows:
New Regulations for Lithium Battery Shipments
  • State of Charge Limits: A 30 percent state of charge (SOC) limit on lithium-ion cells and batteries, including Section II cells and batteries. This does not apply to batteries packed with or contained in equipment.
  • Restrictions on Package Quantity: A shipper is not allowed to offer more than one Section II package (batteries only) per consignment.
  • Restrictions on Overpacks: Overpacks may contain no more than one Section II package - 8 cells or 2 batteries - (batteries only).
  • Battery Package Separation: A shipper must offer lithium battery shipments (batteries only) separately from other cargo.

Compliance with the amendments is mandatory starting April 1, 2016 and a detailed description can be found on the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) website: Lithium Batteries as Cargo in 2016 Update (PDF)

The entire IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document (PDF) offers even more information.

Batteries will Continue to be Delivered to you

Regardless of rate changes by shipment carriers or regulations by authorities, batteries will continue to be delivered to your door. And, as mentioned earlier, with Mighty Max Battery, the shipping remains free.