If you are a retailer in the twenty-first century, chances are you ship something that contains batteries. Here at Working Person’s Store, we ship battery-operated flashlights, gloves, socks, and heated vests to destinations around the world. Some of the products we ship contain lithium batteries, which are considered a hazardous material because they can short circuit.

New regulations regarding the international air shipment of lithium batteries go into effect January 1, 2013. A good source for information about these new regulations is the International Air Transport Association, including its updated Lithium Battery Guidance Document. The Guidance Document as well as other helpful information, including pamphlets for consumers and shippers, is available online.

Regulations regarding the shipment of lithium batteries within the U.S. are also expected to change very soon. Expect publication of new U.S. shipping regulations in December, 2012. For more information, visit the website of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) website.

Many major shipping services maintain information about shipping hazardous materials, including lithium batteries, plus links to additional information. Here are some useful links: