04 U.S. Postal Service bans overseas mailing of Lithium ion devices, effective May 16th

Inevitably creating a wave of headaches for some, but with a basis pertaining to safety, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has stated that from the 16th of May it will no longer be allowing devices containing lithium-ion batteries to be shipped overseas.

Inevitably creating a wave of headaches for some, but with a basis pertaining to safety, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has stated that from the 16th of May it will no longer be allowing devices containing lithium-ion batteries to be shipped overseas.

This means cell phones, laptops, e-readers, cameras, MP3 players etc. etc. which will require you to pony up for shipping through FedEx, UPS or DHL if you need such devices shipped abroad.

USPS is prohibiting the international mailing of anything with a lithium-ion battery due to the possibility of it catching fire or exploding under certain circumstances and with improperly stored or fully charged batteries posing a risk during flights.

The USPS has also banned these devices from being shipped to APO, FPO and DPO locations. On the upside, the restrictions won't last forever and it's been said that come January 2013 it anticipates that customers will be able to mail limited quantities of lithium batteries internationally providing they've been properly installed in the electronic device.

"International standards have recently been the subject of discussion by the International Civil Aviation Organiza­tion (ICAO) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU), and the Postal Service anticipates that on January 1, 2013, cus­tomers will be able to mail specific quantities of lithium bat­teries internationally (including to and from an APO, FPO, or DPO location) when the batteries are properly installed in the personal electronic devices they are intended to operate."

Source: USPS