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Packaging batteries

On this page, you will learn how to properly prep batteries so that they are protected throughout the fulfilment process.

Important: Failure to comply with FBA product preparation requirements, safety requirements and product restrictions may result in the refusal of inventory at the Amazon fulfilment centre, disposal or return of inventory, blocking of future shipments to the fulfilment centre or charging for any unplanned services.

Dry batteries must be properly packaged so that they can be safely stored and prepared for shipment. Ensure that batteries are secured within the packaging to prevent battery terminals from coming into contact with metals (including other batteries). Batteries cannot have expired or be damaged and, if sold in packs, expiry dates must be visible on the packaging. These packaging guidelines include batteries sold in packs and multipack sets of batteries.

Definition of dry batteries

Dry batteries are hermetically sealed and generally use metals (other than lead) and/or carbon as electrodes (e.g. alkaline batteries). These batteries are typically used for portable power applications. The rechargeable (and some non-rechargeable) types have gelled alkaline electrolytes (rather than acidic) making it difficult for them to generate hydrogen or oxygen when overcharged. This differentiates them from non-spillable batteries. Dry batteries specifically covered by another entry in the ADR Dangerous Goods list must be transported in accordance with the requirements applicable to that entry. For example, nickel-metal hydride batteries transported by vessel in certain quantities are covered by another entry (see Batteries, nickel-metal hydride, UN3496).

Note: Lithium batteries have their own regulations and guidelines, and this page is not intended for these types of batteries.

Related guidelines:

Requirements for Lithium Batteries or Products that Contain Lithium Batteries

How to Label Products with Expiration Dates

Permitted packaging materials (rigid packaging):

  • Original manufacturer packaging
  • Boxes
  • Clamshell plastic

Prohibited packaging materials (except when used in addition to permitted rigid packaging):

  • Zipper-sealed bags
  • Shrink wrap

Packaging Guidelines

Do... Do Not...
  • Make sure that packaged batteries can pass a 125-cm drop test onto a hard surface without breaking. A drop test consists of five drops:
    • Flat on base
    • Flat on top
    • Flat on the longest side
    • Flat on the shortest side
    • On a corner
  • Ensure that repackaged batteries are in boxes or in clamshell packaging that is securely sealed.

    If multipack batteries are sealed in the original manufacturer packaging, no additional boxing or sealing of batteries is required. If the batteries are repackaged, then sealed boxes or sealed hard plastic clamshell packaging is required.

    For lithium batteries, follow the applicable regulations as indicated in Requirements for Lithium Batteries or Products that Contain Lithium Batteries.

  • Ship batteries that could become loose in/from the packaging.
  • Ship batteries where the terminals may come in contact with each other.
  • Ship batteries that are held together only by zippered bags, shrink wrap or other non-rigid packaging.

Bundled units

Multipacks of batteries that are bundled and sold as a set must adhere to the requirements specified on the Packaging and Prep Requirements help page. Also, the entire bundle must collectively adhere to the rigid packaging requirements, 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.
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