How to Ship a Drone (With Batteries)

How to ship a drone internationally

Learn how to ship a drone with our expert guide, including step-by-step packing instructions and information about shipping regulations. We will cover the main questions and rules to have in mind when shipping drones internationally.

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Lithium batteries are usually restricted or prohibited item for shipping. Please note that insurance may not apply.


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Depending on the size and urgency of the shipment, you can choose between different services for shipping a drone internationally:
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How to pack a drone for shipping

We have put together packing instructions on how to prepare your drone for delivery, but these instructions apply only to the drone itself, not the batteries. The batteries are components that make shipping a drone so tricky, so please read the next section to learn what you should do with the drone batteries when shipping.

Follow the steps below to send a drone by post or courier:

  1. Disassemble all outer parts of your flying device. Be careful not to lose screws or other small components.
  2. Pack the disassembled parts in a plastic bag.
  3. Wrap larger components, such as the propellers, camera, and the drone itself, in bubble wrap. Use tape to hold the packaging together.
  4. Line the original box or a suitable cardboard boxwith cushioning materials like bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or crumpled paper.
  5. Place the drone inside the box, then carefully add the bag with smaller components.
  6. Make sure that you use enough cushioning material to fill all gaps surrounding the drone, bag, and box, to prevent shifting during transport.
  7. Close and seal the box using adhesive tape.

Shipping drone batteries: how does it work?

Drones usually contain lithium batteries, so it is important to comply with regulations to ensure safety when shipping. Here are a few tips when sending lithium batteries:

  • Keep the battery inside the device and cover the battery holder with tape for extra safety.
  • Keep the battery away from metal objects that may cause short-circuiting.
  • Label the shipment to indicate that it contains lithium batteries.
  • If you are shipping extra batteries, keep them in the original, manufacturer-sealed packaging.
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Regulations on how to ship drones with lithium batteries

Sending a drone by courier or post can be carried out by private individuals and authorised resellers if the device complies with the requirements below.

Items containing attached, non-removable lithium-ion batteries can be sent by all modes of transport, provided they comply with the parameters outlined in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria:

Single-cell batteries: No more than 2 cells, ≤ 20Wh
Multi-cell batteries: No more than 4 cells, ≤ 100Wh

Devices with lithium batteries exceeding the above specifications cannot be transported by air but can be carried by road or sea. Additionally, shipping damaged or recalled drone batteries by air is not allowed.

When shipping a drone internationally, make sure that lithium batteries are safely enclosed inside the device and keep the battery charge to a maximum of 30%. The relevant transport recommendations for every device model can be found in the product information sheet of the manufacturer.

For items shipped outside the EU or between two non-member states, a customs declaration will be required. Do not try to lower the value of imported goods, otherwise, the package may be seized by customs officers. If you are still unsure about your shipping options, let our logistics experts walk you through the process. You can get real-time assistance through our live chat.


FAQ on how to ship a drone internationally

Can you mail a drone?
It depends on which service you are using and where you are shipping to. These are the two main things you need to check to determine if you are allowed to ship your drone:
  1. You can ship the drone if you comply with the existing requirements regarding the transport of li-Ion-powered devices and the rules of the courier company.
  2. Drones are not allowed by law in certain countries, for example, Morocco. If you are shipping a drone abroad, check the official customs website of the destination country to see if there are any specific regulations regarding this type of item.
Read more about international customs procedures.
Can I send a drone with a lithium battery inside?
Yes, you should keep lithium batteries inside the drone you are shipping for safety reasons.
Lithium batteries carry a higher risk of short-circuiting or overheating if they are not properly handled or packaged for transport.
How to ship a drone safely?
When shipping drones internationally, we recommend using the original packaging for maximum safety.
This packaging is tailored to fit the drone's unique shape and size, ensuring that it remains secure and undamaged during shipping.
If you no longer have the original packaging, use a sturdy cardboard box that comfortably fits your drone. Follow the packing steps above to properly prepare your drone shipment.
Is my drone insured if I ship it internationally?
Depending on the selected courier service and the type of item being transported, basic shipping insurance may be included in the price.
For extra protection, we also offer additional insurance options at very low rates.
Please be advised that items listed as restricted or prohibited, or those that are improperly packed, are not eligible for insurance coverage.

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Always keep the original invoice of your device, as it serves as proof of its value. This document will be required by the courier company in case you decide to start a claim procedure for damage or loss. Please consider that insurance may not apply when sending used or second-hand electronics such as drones.