Essential Guidelines for Shipping Used Electronics with Lithium Batteries

Last Updated: May 14, 2024By Tags: ,

Essential Guidelines for Shipping Used Electronics with Lithium Batteries

Shipping pre-owned, damaged, or defective electronic devices containing lithium batteries or packaged with them requires specialized attention. All carriers, including USPS, stipulate strict handling for such HAZMAT items.

Lithium batteries are found in various everyday electronics, including cell phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, power tools, and even some headphones. The additional care is due to the potential fire risk they pose if mishandled, leading to possible damage to carrier equipment and endangering staff.

If you need more guidance on shipping electronics, take a look at our blog post on shipping hazardous materials. If you still need help, don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-544-4992. At ShipThrifty, we have a wealth of additional insights that could streamline your package shipping process.

When you need to ship HAZMAT items, it’s crucial to follow these guidelines:

  • Separate Packaging: Each HAZMAT item should be placed in its own box, with no other items included, and if the item contains a lithium battery, it must be properly installed in the device.

  • Surface Mail Only: Due to their classification as hazardous material, items with lithium batteries must be shipped only via ground transportation. Use USPS Ground Advantage for the service.

  • Special Markings: Packages containing items with lithium batteries require a note or label stating the item is a “Restricted Electronic Device – Surface Transportation Only.”

  • The package must be identified as hazardous or dangerous goods. Select “Yes” if your package contains them.

These mailing standards are not merely recommendations but requirements designed to prevent potential fires, spills, corrosion, and other safety hazards during shipping. Adhering to these guidelines ensures your electronic devices reach their destination safely and without incident. See

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