Batteries must be properly packaged so they can be safely stored and prepared for shipment. Please ensure that batteries are secured within packaging to prevent battery terminals from coming into contact with metals (including other batteries). Batteries cannot be expired or damaged and, if sold in packs, expiration dates must be visible on the packaging. These packaging guidelines include batteries sold in packs and multi-pack sets of batteries.
- Requirements for Lithium Batteries or Products that Contain Lithium Batteries
- Boxed Units
- Sold as set
- How to Label Products with Expiration Dates
Permitted packaging materials (rigid packaging):
- Original manufacturer packaging
- Clamshell plastic
Prohibited packaging materials (except when used in addition to permitted rigid packaging):
- Zipper-sealed bags
- Shrink wrap
Multi-packs of batteries that are bundled and sold as a set must adhere to the “Sold as set” requirements found in the Packaging and Prep Requirements help page. Also, the entire bundle must collectively adhere to the rigid packaging requirement, as described below.
Definition of rigid packaging
Rigid packaging for batteries is defined as one or more of the following:
- Original manufacturer packaging of clamshell plastic or blister packs
- Repackaged batteries secured in boxes that have been taped or shrink-wrapped closed. Batteries must not be able to roll in the boxes, and the battery terminals must not touch.
- Repackaged batteries secured in clamshell plastic that has been taped or shrink-wrapped closed. The battery terminals must not touch within the packaging.