On this page, you will learn
how to properly prep batteries so that they are protected throughout the fulfillment
Important: Failure to comply with
FBA product preparation requirements, safety requirements, and product restrictions may
result in the refusal of inventory at the Amazon fulfillment center, disposal or return
of inventory, blocking of future shipments to the fulfillment center, 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 be expired or damaged
and, if sold in packs, expiration dates must be visible on the packaging. These
packaging guidelines include batteries sold in packs and multi-pack sets of
Definition of dry batteries
Dry batteries are hermetically sealed and generally use
metals (other than lead) and/or carbon as electrodes (e.g. alkaline batteries). These
batteries are typically used for portable power applications. The rechargeable (and some
non-rechargeable) types have gelled alkaline electrolytes (rather than acidic) making it
difficult for them to generate hydrogen or oxygen when overcharged. This differentiates
them from non-spillable batteries. Dry batteries specifically covered by another entry
in the ADR (the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous
Goods by Road) Dangerous Goods list must be transported in accordance with the
requirements applicable to that entry. For example, nickel-metal hydride batteries
transported by vessel in certain quantities are covered by another entry (see Batteries,
nickel-metal hydride, UN3496).
Note: Lithium batteries have their own
regulations and guidelines, and this page is not intended for these types of
for Lithium Batteries or Products that Contain Lithium Batteries
How to Label
Products with Expiration Dates
Permitted packaging materials (rigid
Original manufacturer packaging
Prohibited packaging materials
(except when used in addition to permitted rigid packaging):
|| Do Not...
Make sure that packaged
batteries can pass a 125-cm drop test onto a hard surface without
breaking. A drop test consists of five drops:
Flat on base
Flat on top
Flat on longest
Flat on shortest
On a corner
Ensure that repackaged
batteries are in boxes or clamshell packaging that is securely sealed.
If multi-pack batteries are sealed in 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
For lithium batteries, follow the applicable regulations as
indicated in Requirements for Lithium Batteries or Products that Contain
Ship batteries that could
become loose in/from the packaging.
Ship batteries where the
terminals may come in contact with each other.
Ship batteries that are held
together only by zippered bags, shrink wrap, or other non-rigid
Multi-packs of batteries that are bundled and sold as a set must adhere to the
requirements specified in the Packaging and Prep Requirements help page.
Also, the entire bundle must collectively adhere to the rigid packaging requirements, as
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.