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Chairman® Battery Transportation Information

The products provided by Concorde® Battery Corporation may be subject to export restrictions imposed by the United States. Export Licenses may be required. Customer agrees to comply with all U.S. Government laws and regulations as they relate to the export, transfer and re-export of goods. Customer shall indemnify and hold Concorde® Battery Corporation harmless for any loss, damage, or expense, including lost profits, attorney's fees and court costs, incurred for or as a result of any failure or alleged failure of customer to comply with such laws and regulations.

This document is provided for informational purposes only and regulations are subject to change without notice. Please reference the current applicable regulations to ensure compliance.

Sealed Lead Acid Battery Transportation Information

Concorde® Battery Corporation's Chairman® series batteries are manufactured utilizing Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) technology. The batteries are sealed with the electrolyte absorbed in the glass mat separator material.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) regulatory requirements affecting the packaging and transportation of batteries containing acid or alkali are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations, 49 CFR Section 173.159.

The Chairman® series batteries are non-spillable wet, electric storage batteries. When shipped in the original factory packaging, new batteries are excepted from the requirements of the DOT's hazardous materials regulations because they meet the requirements of 49 CFR 173.159a.

A brief summary of the requirements to classify a battery as non-spillable follows:
  • Batteries can be considered as non-spillable provided they are capable of withstanding a vibration test and pressure differential test (173.159(f))
  • Non-spillable batteries are subject to incident reporting requirements (173.159a(b))
  • Non-spillable batteries are excepted from the packaging requirements of §173.159 under the following conditions: (173.159a(c))
    1. Non-spillable batteries must be securely packed in strong outer packagings and meet the requirements of §173.159(a).
    2. The battery and outer packaging must be plainly and durably marked "NON-SPILLABLE" or "NON-SPILLABLE BATTERY."
  • Non-spillable batteries are excepted from all other requirements of this subchapter when offered for transportation and transported in accordance with paragraph (c) of this section and the following: (173.159a(d))
    1. (1) At a temperature of 55 °C (131 °F), the battery must not contain any unabsorbed free-flowing liquid, and must be designed so that electrolyte will not flow from a ruptured or cracked case; and
    2. For transport by aircraft, when contained in a battery-powered device, equipment or vehicle must be prepared and packaged for transport in a manner to prevent unintentional activation in conformance with §173.159(b)(2) of this Subpart.
  • Chairman® batteries are packed in such a way to prevent short circuits, securely packaged, marked "NON-SPILLABLE" or "NON-SPILLABLE BATTERY", and have been tested by an independent laboratory in accordance with the DOT regulations. Therefore, they do not require performance oriented packaging, hazardous materials markings (eg., UN number), or a hazardous materials label.

Chairman® batteries listed above are also excepted from the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations pursuant to Special provisions A48, A67, A164, A183 and Packing Instruction 872. The words "Not Restricted" and the Special Provision numbers must be included in the description of the substance on the Air Waybill as required by 8.2.6, when an Air Waybill is issued.

Transportation of hazardous materials by sea is governed by the IMO's International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. Under the IMDG Code, in order to be classified as a non-spillable lead acid battery and excepted from sea transportation regulations, the battery must meet the requirements of Special Provision 238.1 (which contains the Vibration and Pressure Differential Tests referenced above) AND the requirements of Special Provision 238.2 noted below.

IMDG Code Special Provision 238.2 - Non-spillable batteries are not subject to the provisions of this [IMDG] Code if, at a temperature of 55° C, the electrolyte will not flow from a ruptured or cracked case and there is no free liquid to flow and if, when packaged for transport, the terminals are protected from short circuit. Chairman® batteries are excepted from IMDG regulations pursuant to the requirements above.

This notice is to clarify to shippers and transporters that Chairman® batteries are packaged and marked in accordance to 49 CFR 173.159a and are determined to be in compliance with DOT HMR49 Non-Hazardous Materials, the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), Special Provisions S.P. A48, A67, A164, A183 & Packaging Instruction 872 and IMDG S.P. 238.1 & 238.2. Therefore, these batteries are not restricted for shipment by air, sea or ground and are exempted from the hazardous material category. Please ensure that you follow the requirements of DOT, IATA and IMDG to ensure these exceptions remain applicable.

The data/information contained herein has been reviewed and approved for general release on the basis that this document contains no export-controlled information.
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