May
15
2012

Don’t Ship Lithium Batteries Interna­tionally With The USPS

Starting May 16, 2012 the USPS is prohibiting the shipping of lithium batteries when mailed interna­tionally or to and from an APO, FPO, or DPO location.

The ban covers any devices that use a lithium or lithium ion battery; rechargeable or not. This means that companies cannot ship mobile phones, tablets (including iPads) , laptop computers, other items with these types of batteries using the United States Postal Service to locations outside the United States. Even if the batteries are not physically inside a device but in the same package, it is prohibited.

Graphic above from FastCompany.com

Shippers that need to send these type of items outside of the U.S.A. should look towards FedEx and UPS.

Remember: If you are insuring with Shipsurance your packages are not covered if they do not follow the carrier rules and regulations.

View the complete bulletin here: http://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2012/pb22336/html/updt_004.htm

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  • I’m surprised more people don’t have an opinion on this. I find this to be absurd. I’ve been shipping items with lithium batteries the last few years internationally and now out of nowhere and with no notice USPS decides there going to make changes immediately that prohibit it. Now I’m stuck with inventory and no shipper to get the item there. UPS and FedEx are neither a good option for this as their prices are outrageous.

    • I think many have an opinion including myself. I had a steady stream of profitable international business thanks to the USPS express mail’s reasonable rates. This all came to a grinding halt when I walked in to a post office one day to ship an ipad that I had sold overseas and the clerk told me that it could not be shipped. I was angry and it has cost me quite a bit of money in lost sales but you don’t have much of a choice. You’re stuck. It’s not like voicing your opinion is going to change the marketplace or this particular policy.

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