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I recently received an interesting question concerning the labelling of packages containing lithium batteries:

"We are currently working to find information related to the sale of LITHIUM batteries and whether there are any packaging standards for final consumers and if we can sell these same batteries without packaging.

I attach a picture of one of the batteries we sell with packaging and on which the markings are specified. «

My answer was:

“The codes shown in the figure refer to the area of transport regulations — ADR. Lithium batteries are classified as dangerous goods for transport in your case as they have a specific UN number (UN 3480 – LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES).  For the transport of lithium batteries, the provisions laid down by the ADR (e.g. appropriate packaging, labelling of transport packaging, construction of transport document,...)”

“However, in the case of sales to consumers, the ADR exception relating to the purpose of transport applies. The provisions of the ADR shall not apply to the transport of dangerous goods packaged for retail sale and transported by individuals for personal or household use. This means that you can sell batteries in the store without transport packaging (retail can therefore be free of transport packaging).”

“However, in the case of distribution of batteries (e.g. from one location to another), all ADR provisions must be complied with, including as regards the labelling of transport packaging.”

ADR packaging is important. In one of the next post I’ll explain what you need to take into account when dealing with ADR packaging.

Don’t forget - if you also have any specific questions about the transport and labelling of transport packaging, please write to me at

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ADR | November 10, 2022

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