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May 25, 2012 15:31 |  #1

For anyone who orders batteries thru the US Mail, a new rule has started: (sorry if this has been posted, I did not find one)


Please be advised that effective today, May 16, 2012, the Postal Service is prohibiting international shipments of lithium batteries.

Specifically, USPS® shipment of the following items is prohibited to international, APO, FPO and DPO locations:

  • Primary lithium metal or lithium alloy (non-rechargeable) cells and batteries
  • Secondary lithium-ion cells or batteries (rechargeable)
Devices that contain lithium batteries are also prohibited, which may include a number of electronics such as cell phones, smartphones, portable gaming devices, and MP3 players.

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May 25, 2012 15:38 |  #2

a) it bans outgoing to international destinations, not incoming.
b) new standards will be implemented 1/1/2013, this is temporary.



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May 25, 2012 15:43 |  #3

Thanks, I am sorry that I missed that part, oh well, it's good to be aware anyway!


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May 25, 2012 19:36 |  #4
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Wait so will this effect sending my Xti with 2 batteries to Canada? I was going to ship it out early this week...

also, why in the hell are they making such a stupid ass rule like this?


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May 25, 2012 20:06 |  #5

Shutterwolf wrote in post #14485376 (external link)
Wait so will this effect sending my Xti with 2 batteries to Canada? I was going to ship it out early this week...

also, why in the hell are they making such a stupid ass rule like this?

Lithium batteries have been blamed for a few aircraft fires (external link). I would think this is just temporary until they find a safer way to package them for shipping.


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May 25, 2012 21:12 |  #6
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M_Six wrote in post #14485487 (external link)
Lithium batteries have been blamed for a few aircraft fires (external link). I would think this is just temporary until they find a safer way to package them for shipping.

Well ****... how am I supposed to send the camera and batteries to my friend then? Maybe there is a ground option for sending it to Canada?


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May 25, 2012 21:31 |  #7

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Well ****... how am I supposed to send the camera and batteries to my friend then? Maybe there is a ground option for sending it to Canada?

Yep, it's a problem for sure. But the aircraft fire danger is very real and needs to be addressed. The batteries themselves are a problem, but the fires are usually local and don't cause that much damage. But when a crate on a pressurized aircraft catches fire, it's a major issue.

I think UPS Ground means ground transport all the way. You'd have to check with them, though. And this new reg only affects USPS.


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May 30, 2012 12:22 |  #8

Shutterwolf wrote in post #14485713 (external link)
Well ****... how am I supposed to send the camera and batteries to my friend then? Maybe there is a ground option for sending it to Canada?

Just send him the camera and let him pick up batteries locally or from Chinese ebay sellers.


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May 30, 2012 12:28 |  #9

Hmmm...they do not cause fire on domestic flights though huh...

M_Six wrote in post #14485487 (external link)
Lithium batteries have been blamed for a few aircraft fires (external link). I would think this is just temporary until they find a safer way to package them for shipping.




  
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May 30, 2012 12:29 |  #10

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Hmmm...they do not cause fire on domestic flights though huh...

Well I was going to say they can use ground domestically, but not to two of our states and most of our territories. Maybe it's a result of blowback from other countries since it seems to only affect outgoing?


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May 30, 2012 12:41 |  #11
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Idk but i went to ship yesterday and the cheapest option was fedex which was on par with the usps for shipping cost, but then they wanted me to pay the canadian tax on the damn thing so i told em to shove it. That makes absolutely no sence making me pay the import tax for something someone else is buying. Anyway, luckially my friend is going to visit the states soon, so i will just ship it to where he will be visiting instead i guess.


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May 30, 2012 13:09 |  #12

I have a friend in CA who tried to ship a Kindle to his family back in Australia and they told him to go UPS / Fedex because of the restriction. Ended up costing way too much money...

My first thought was, are they going to ban these items for passengers as well?


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May 30, 2012 16:00 |  #13

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Yep, it's a problem for sure. But the aircraft fire danger is very real and needs to be addressed. ...

So they trust some warehouse worker in China to package them correctly and send them to me, but they're worried that my shipment to New Zealand is going to start a fire?

Sounds like the intent of the rule ran into the practical ramifications of interfering with China.


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May 30, 2012 16:27 |  #14

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So they trust some warehouse worker in China to package them correctly and send them to me, but they're worried that my shipment to New Zealand is going to start a fire?

Sounds like the intent of the rule ran into the practical ramifications of interfering with China.

No more of less ridiculous than the rule against electronic devices below 10,000ft on passenger jets. I got screamed at because I was taking a pic with a tiny P&S at about 7000ft while passing by Chicago. Like my tiny camera was going to cause the plane to crash or something.


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May 30, 2012 16:35 |  #15

joeblack2022 wrote in post #14506645 (external link)
I have a friend in CA who tried to ship a Kindle to his family back in Australia and they told him to go UPS / Fedex because of the restriction. Ended up costing way too much money...

My first thought was, are they going to ban these items for passengers as well?

Hmm, that could be a worry. That would really change things for a lot of people.


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