This article applies to selling in: Australia

Packaging batteries

On this page, you will learn how to properly prep batteries so that they are protected throughout the fulfilment process.

Important: You must at all times comply with all the relevant laws regarding the storage, handling, and packaging of dangerous goods (including lithium batteries) in Australia.
Important: Failure to comply with the FBA product preparation requirements, safety requirements, and product restrictions may result in the refusal of inventory at the Amazon fulfilment centre, disposal, or return of inventory, blocking of future deliveries to the fulfilment centre or charging for any unplanned services.

Dry batteries must be properly packaged so that they can be safely stored and prepared for shipment. Ensure that batteries are secured within the packaging to prevent battery terminals from coming into contact with metals (including other batteries). Batteries cannot have expired or be damaged and, if sold in packs, expiry dates must be visible on the packaging. These packaging guidelines include batteries sold in packs and multi-pack sets of batteries.

Related guidelines:

Permitted packaging materials (rigid packaging):

  • Original manufacturer packaging
  • Boxes
  • Clamshell plastic

Prohibited packaging materials (except when used in addition to permitted rigid packaging):

  • Zipper-sealed bags
  • Shrink wrap

Packaging guidelines

Do... Do Not...
  • Make sure that packaged batteries can pass a 4-foot (122 cm) drop test onto a hard surface without breaking. A drop test consists of five drops:
    • Flat on the base
    • Flat on the top
    • Flat on the longest side
    • Flat on the shortest side
    • On a corner
  • Ensure that repackaged batteries are in boxes or in clamshell packaging that is securely sealed.

    If multi-pack batteries are sealed in the original manufacturer packaging, no additional boxing or sealing of batteries is required. If the batteries are repackaged, then sealed boxes or sealed hard plastic clamshell packaging is required.

    For lithium batteries, follow the applicable regulations as indicated in Requirements for lithium batteries or products that contain lithium batteries.

  • Deliver batteries that could become loose in/from the packaging.
  • Deliver batteries where the terminals may come in contact with each other.
  • Deliver batteries that are held together only by zippered bags, shrink wrap or other non-rigid packaging.

Bundled units

Multi-packs of batteries that are bundled and sold as a set must adhere to the requirements specified on the Packaging and prep requirements help page. Also, the entire bundle must collectively adhere to the rigid packaging requirements, as described below.

Definition of rigid packaging

Rigid packaging for batteries is defined as one or more of the following:

  • Original manufacturer packaging of clamshell plastic or blister packs.
  • Repackaged batteries secured in boxes that have been taped or shrink-wrapped closed. Batteries must not be able to roll in the boxes, and the battery terminals must not touch.
  • Repackaged batteries secured in clamshell plastic that has been taped or shrink-wrapped closed. The battery terminals must not touch within the packaging.
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