If you were to take apart your cell phone, you might notice a lithium-ion battery that is charging it. Lithium-ion batteries are in all major electronics today, including tablets and power tools. Recently, there have been some scientific tests regarding lithium-ion batteries. According to the experiments, it seems that these batteries can easily heat up when inside of a sealed container, which could result in a fire or an explosion. This could be a dangerous conclusion.
Seeing the threat from lithium-ion batteries pose when inside of a container, the airplane pilot unions voiced their concerns about flying with these devices on board. Restrictions are needed for safety of the pilots and the cargo. Therefore, it seems that United Continental Holdings heard the pilots and responded by banning the transportation of lithium-ion batteries in a closed shipping container. However, the company will still ship the batteries if they are in a open or flat rack container. Other airplanes have banned the batteries in every type of shipping container on a plane.
Across the entire airfreight shipping industry, it is still legal to have a bulk transportation of lithium-ion batteries inside of devices. However, all lithium-metal batteries, which are more dangerous, are banned from airfreight transportation.
For those companies that ship products that contain lithium-ion batteries or lithium-metal batteries, this presents a huge dilemma. Therefore, it is very reasonable to speak to a trusted freight forwarder immediately. They can get you a good airfreight shipping rate, and if certain carriers are banning the batteries, they will help you find a carrier who will transport your products.