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USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23662

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This is very disturbing news, which I got in writing just few minutes ago.

In short USPS will not want to ship ANY Lithium battery after May 7 16. That means no iPhones, no cell phones, no iPads, Kindle or notebooks.

I am trying to find out if they might do some exceptions as this really seems like very harsh rule.

I just wanted to post it here ASAP. In case you plan to ship some electronics do it before the deadline.

Here is the full text:

Background:

Under current rules of various international agencies, including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU), lithium batteries cannot be sent as mail matter on international commercial air transportation.


In keeping with these requirements, the Postal Service must maintain standards prohibiting the carriage of lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries in postal shipments sent on commercial aircraft to international destinations, including to and from APO, FPO and DPO locations. On May 7, 2012, the Postal Service revised International Mail Manual (IMM) part 136, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) section 601.10.20, and Publication 52 section 349.22 to incorporate standards prohibiting outbound international mailing of lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries and devices containing lithium batteries.


The Postal Service anticipates that by January 1, 2013, aviation rules will be changed to allow specific quantities of lithium batteries (installed in the equipment they are intended to operate) to be sent by mail to destinations abroad.


MEDIA STATEMENT ON Outbound International Mailing of Lithium Batteries

REACTIVE ONLY — FOR IMMEDIATE USE

Until January 2013, the Postal Service will not be able to accept packages containing lithium batteries and electronic devices containing lithium batteries addressed to international destinations. This includes mail destined to, or from, APO (Army Post Office), FPO (Fleet Post Office) and DPO (Diplomatic Post Office) locations.



This change is required by the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU), both of which currently prohibit lithium batteries in mail shipments that are carried on international commercial air transportation.



This change will not apply to packages containing lithium batteries and electronic devices containing lithium batteries when mailed within the United States on domestic commercial air or ground transportation.



International organizations apply different rules to the carriage of lithium batteries in mail shipments carried on commercial aircraft as compared to domestic requirements.



We anticipate that by January 2013, international aviation rules will be changed to allow mailing of lithium batteries when installed in the personal electronic devices they are intended to operate.



USPS is working with expert organizations to determine if any new exceptions can be developed prior to January 2013. Further announcements will be made should USPS be able to accept lithium batteries in certain types of mail shipments as soon as any new options become available.



We appreciate our customers’ business. We recognize this change will pose an inconvenience to our customers and we look forward to continuing to be their international shipping partner.
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23664

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Australia Post has had this rule since last year an it's good to hear that the international laws may change next year. It's surprising that the global postal services are so willing to comply as it encourages all senders of high value electronics to use courier companies.

I'm not sure how this will be enforced by USPS but I know Australia has this rule but it is frequently ignored by businesses (including 3PL warehouses) and consumers with no consequence.
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23665

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This limitation may also affect shipping with air mail?
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23666

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What!?!?!?
I just bought Kindle.

Is this rule applies for packages posted before May 7th, but not left USA?

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I found the documents referred to in the statement:
International Mail Manual (IMM) part 136
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) section 601.10.20
Publication 52 section 349.22
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23669

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OMG. i think shipito must publish all available ways and prices to mail out our devices with new rules.
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23670

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samdup wrote:
Australia Post has had this rule since last year an it's good to hear that the international laws may change next year. It's surprising that the global postal services are so willing to comply as it encourages all senders of high value electronics to use courier companies.

I'm not sure how this will be enforced by USPS but I know Australia has this rule but it is frequently ignored by businesses (including 3PL warehouses) and consumers with no consequence.

I cannot imagine how they want to enforce it in all post offices when someone brings package there. And I also think this is ridiculous rule if courier companies are OK with putting warning label on the package. I cannot imagine why the same should not be fine for USPS. I am going to talk to them tomorrow and honestly hope something can be done with this.
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23673

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John, where we can find online official documents about new rule?
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23678

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I'm curious if the new airmail is also affected.
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23682

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This shit happend with air shipments from japan last month. Now all the packages from Japan to Russia with lithium-ion batteries travel by sea and are late for 1-2 months. I hoped this shit wouldn't happen with US shipments. But it seems it does.
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23683

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John wrote:
samdup wrote:
Australia Post has had this rule since last year an it's good to hear that the international laws may change next year.

I cannot imagine how they want to enforce it in all post offices when someone brings package there...... I am going to talk to them tomorrow and honestly hope something can be done with this.

I had the same reaction at the post office counter here in Sydney 18 months ago - ie "you guys can't be serious" - but indeed they were.

One of the things I mentioned was that it was ridiculous that you could send Li-ion in the post from the US to AUS but not the other way around

You are required to sign a declaration that there are no Li-ion batteries in the package every time you send an international package out of AUS

John:
I am sure it is not a priority yet, but if you get no joy from USPS could you pls find out if this affects the "new airmail" or not?

Many Thanks

Tim
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23685

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Bad news! I used USPS every single time so far, and this will be big problem for me :(
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23694

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Its for USPS only?
What about the rest carriers?
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23697

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and Ni-MH batteries can be transported? In this report, no information about it. I ordered a vacuum cleaner with such batteries.
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 5 months ago #23699

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Ridiculous.

What about domestic shipping? Fedex ground is too slow.
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 4 months ago #23704

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Sergey wrote:
Ridiculous.

What about domestic shipping? Fedex ground is too slow.
Domestic shipping within USA is not affected
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 4 months ago #23708

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John wrote:
after May 7

:(

But ON 07-May-2012 it possibility?


And wristwatch w battery impossibly too???
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 4 months ago #23709

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Alexander wrote:
And wristwatch w battery impossibly too???

It's easy. Just ask the seller not to load the cell/battery for shipping. You can later buy the battery from your local watch repairer/convenient store.
Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 4 months ago #23710

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i think wristwatch will not be a problem.


but shipito need to extend service to europe. we all need cheap electronics with consolidation feature.
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 4 months ago #23712

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mnemonic wrote:
but shipito need to extend service to europe

Yes, yes and more yes!
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Re: USPS not allowing lithium battery shipments 2 years 4 months ago #23713

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If watches will be prohibited also, that is ridiculous :)
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