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Old 21-10-2015, 06:05   #1
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I need to ship 5 type 31 batteries to Grenada from Toronto, or Boston area. Has anyone had experience with this. Does /donts etc.
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Old 21-10-2015, 06:19   #2
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Re: Shipping Batteries

If they are AGM, at least Lifeline anyway, they aren't hazardous cargo, I believe they aren't either if they are dry charged, but FLA batteries are hazardous cargo I think.

What type of batteries I think will change price a lot, but sorry I do not have experience shipping batteries overseas.
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Not sure if this is the kind of info you're looking for. They are dangerous goods, so it will be air cargo, not checked baggage, but I'm thinking you already know that.

https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/clear-p...466.htm#sec129
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Won't be cheap that is for sure.
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Surface transport (ocean freight) for heavy (potentially) HAZMAT cargo is radically cheaper than air. Find a freight forwarded who can arrange surface transport. It is much slower of course.
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Re: Shipping Batteries

I just got a hazmat quote for 2 AGM's from a freight fwd outfit, $150. Could have bought 50 batteries for the same cost. It's not about how many it's about the paper work for hazmat. In the same shipment I wanted to include 2 gal of bottom paint, no way, Another shipment and another $150 hazmat. The deal breaker was a gallon kit of Interprotect 2000 which cost $110 but a different kind of paint, so another $150 hazmat fee.
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Re: Shipping Batteries

The timing of my needs and the suppliers lead time pushed me to go for the air freight from Alberta. The msds sheets indicate that it was no hazardous material so I only have to pay for special label/packaging. The batteries claim 2-3 times life span of regular AGMs so I am taking the risk on the batteries and the shipping .
Haig at Hybridpowersupply.com was very helpful. I bought 5 of the Firefly Carbon plate batteries. We shall see how it all works out.
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Re: Shipping Batteries

The Lifeline batteries are also not Hazmat, I think all AGM wouldn't be, but don't know if they have all done the work required to get certified that way.


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The Lifeline batteries are also not Hazmat, I think all AGM wouldn't be, but don't know if they have all done the work required to get certified that way.
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That's weird. I tried to ship 2 AGM's to Guatemala and Transcargo in Miami wanted a hazmat fee. It seemed like all batteries needed hazmat paperwork. I wonder if everybody is on the same page.
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Re: Shipping Batteries

To ship the batteries the manufacturer must have tested to A67 standards and self certify meeting this shipping class.

We have found in the past that even though the batteries fall into group A67 carriers still charge a Dangerous Goods/ Hazmat handling fee. The story we're told it that they have to spend some time verifying that the batteries meet the standard and that the shipper is correct in shipping under A67. Personally I feel that it often seems like a great excuse for a fee from the carriers.
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