Dangerous Goods Guide

Introduction to DCL’s eFactory Dangerous Goods Data Management Tool

As a best-in-class third party logistics provider for some of the world’s leading consumer electronics

organizations, DCL Logistics continues to provide leading-edge, unique tools and technologies that provide virtually flawless operational execution in the delivery of our customers’ shipments. One of those technologies is DCL’s eFactory Dangerous Goods Data Management Tool. This tool archives all of the necessary specifications that will govern how DCL Logistics will ship any of your products that must comply with critical and stringent regulations.

Once your DCL Account Manager has designated a SKU as covered by Dangerous Goods (DG) and has

updated our ERP system, you can remotely manage your DG data in DCL’s eFactory portal. To view the DG particulars, navigate to the “DG Data” page via the “Items” tab, as shown below. There you will see all of your SKUs that have been set up in DCL’s system as having dangerous goods in the form of batteries. On the “DG Data” page you have visibility to all pertinent Dangerous Goods specifications. The list defaults to “All” of your items and is fully sortable by any combination of battery category, battery configuration, or battery type.

As shown in the table and screenshot capture below, batteries are classified as:

Battery Category: ION- LithiumIon; MTL – Lithium Metal

Battery Configuration: CNT–Contained in equipment/product; PCK – Packed with equipment/product; SKU – Packed with only battery SKU; Standalone without equipment/product

Battery Type: BTT- Battery; CBT - Button / “Coin” Battery; CCN - Cell

You have two ways to modify/edit the Dangerous Goods data:

  1. Click / highlight the row of the SKU you want to edit. Then click on the “Actions” button and select “Edit Item”. 

2. Click on the SKU number in the “Item #” column and the Item page (as shown below) opens. Then click on the “Actions” button and select “Edit Item”. 

Select “DG Data” at the top of the “Edit Item” and you can modify/edit any of the pertinent DG Data

specifications. Once done editing, select how you want to save the changes. Unless there are highly unusual/rare circumstances, you will save changes to all warehouses.

The data contained in DCL’s eFactory Dangerous Goods Data Management Tool integrates with DCL’s

iVerify tool on our fulfillment lines. When the order is scanned at the fulfillment verify station, instructions are immediately provided to the operator that informs the operator what Dangerous Goods labeling needs to be applied to each individual outbound package.


In order to correctly label your outbound shipments, it is vital that DCL’s system has accurate and up-to-date Dangerous Goods (typically, Battery) specifications. Without correct information, you risk violating International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). Repeated violations can result in significant monetary penalties; immediate suspension of your carrier accounts; and/or your ability to ship via common carriers, such as UPS, FedEx, DHL, & USPS.

Battery Category


Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Batteries

Are typically a secondary (rechargeable) battery where the lithium is only present in an ionic form in the electrolyte. Also included within the category of lithium-ion batteries are lithium polymer batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are generally used to power devices such as mobile telephones, laptop computers, tablets, power tools and e-bikes.


Lithium Metal Batteries

Are generally primary (non-rechargeable) batteries that have lithium metal or lithium compounds as an anode. Also included within lithium metal are lithium alloy batteries. Lithium metal batteries are generally used to power devices such as watches, calculators, cameras, temperature data loggers, car key fobs and defibrillators.


Battery Configuration with two examples sets


Battery is CONTAINED IN equipment/product




Battery is PACKED WITH equipment/product




Battery is PACKED WITH ONLY battery SKU(s) Standalone without equipment/product




Types of Batteries with examples





“Button” or “Coin” Battery (height is less that diameter)






Attached is the Dangerous Goods declaration form. 

Customer DG Declaration Form_052716.docx

Lithium Battery Checklist.pdf