USPS To Stop Shipping Electronics with Li-Ion Batteries Internationally

If you live in the US and are used to selling cameras to overseas customers — or if you live overseas and like to buy your cameras from US retailers — your shipping choices just got a bit slimmer. In a statement released earlier, the US Postal Service (USPS) said that they will no longer be shipping any items with li-ion batteries in them internationally starting May 16th, declaring the batteries a “fire hazard”. Lithium batteries power many personal electronic devices and have been found to be volatile in certain situations (e.g. improper storage) — they destroy an estimated one US cargo jet every other year. Of course, not everybody trusts USPS to ship their international packages as it is, and this latest development should lead to increased business for private companies like UPS and Fedex.

(via Fast Company via 1001 Noisy Cameras)

Image credit: Hmmm… by Zach Welty

  • jdm8

    I really don’t blame them.  Shipping batteries via UPS and FedEx internationally is even more prohibitive though.

  • Happy Tinfoil Cat

    This is gonna really cut into the eBay and Amazon sales of LiOn batteries for phones and cameras. I recently bought a new battery for my phone for $3.99 including USPS postage from China. It’s a good idea to have a spare battery in your car. (unless of course it explodes, burning your car, and roasting a nearby bus full of trapped nuns and orphans)

  • PhillipP

    USPS can not even manage to ship 8×10  photos from Snapfish or Shutterfly without bending and creasing  them, no wonder they can’t figure out a way to safely handle batteries.

  • Carol Lee

    OHHH….that’s why I haven’t received my batteries from China via Ebay!!!