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Shipping lithium powerbanks to a US 3PL warehouse – a case study
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018   Posted in:News

Are you looking to ship lithium Powerbanks ? By their very nature they are actually classed as lithium ion batteries by themselves. EFS is very experienced in shipping lithium batteries by airfreight, up to and including powerful 300Wh section 1 class 9. EFS also import UN3480 cls 9 lithium’s from China by air – no easy achievement as most airlines refuse to carry batteries packed by themselves.

The EFS ops team are IATA haz trained as they have to be : in order to be a fully licenced IATA cargo agent (with direct access to all airlines) and to place hazardous cargo on commercial aircraft. The team are fully versed in the ever changing IATA regulations.

Case study:

EFS provided a solution to a UK shipper recently. They had some sample lithium ion powerbanks to send to different locations in the USA. Shipped by themselves as UN3480, PI965, Sec 1B, class 9, Cargo Aircraft Only hazardous.

This could be done as individual small shipments but was not cheap as each shipment required separate clearances and US surety bonds as well as hitting a lot of set minimum fixed cost charges– it was cost prohibitive.

EFS provided a solution and asked them to ship a larger quantity in one hit to one US location (a 3pl warehouse). With a larger quantity the unit freight cost came down. There was only one clearance fee, one breakbulk fee and one surety bond charge on entry in to the USA.

Essentially this was a DDP consignment. The duty was back billed to the UK shipper and the stock was held in the USA for a UK company as a foreign importer of record, duty paid. Power of Attorney for the clearance was granted to the US office of EFS.

Re-distribution around the USA is arranged from the 3pl warehouse.

EFS collected the boxes from the shipper, repacked, labelled and raised an airfreight DGN (Dangerous Goods Certificate). Being a full IATA cargo agent EFS are able to raise DG certificates. Goods were screened, customs entry executed and the shipping transit monitored step by step. Shipper happy, client retained.

 

Please contact EFS with any battery enquiry to find the service for you or for advice on packing methods and quantities.

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