|Tue May 15 2012 09:10:53|
USPS Electronics Ban to Impact International Sales
By: Ina Steiner
The USPS is banning international shipments of electronics that contain lithium batteries effective May 16 through January 1, 2013, and it could have a major impact on online merchants.
The U.S. Postal Service will not accept packages containing lithium batteries and electronic devices containing lithium batteries addressed to international destinations. This includes mail destined to, or from, military destinations including APO (Army Post Office), FPO (Fleet Post Office) and DPO (Diplomatic Post Office) locations.
Fast Company, which broke the story, said only one other country has instituted a complete ban for international shipments.
The ban will make it much more expensive for sellers who wish to ship items iPads and other tablets, radio-controlled toys, GPS devices, power drills, MP3 players and other devices to overseas customers- including to men and women serving in the military - since they will have to turn to private delivery firms UPS, DHL and FedEx.
If you sell products containing lithium batteries, you'll likely need to adjust your S&H charges for international orders, and the policy will likely have a major impact on this year's holiday shopping season.
Read the news story about the ban in EcommerceBytes, and let us know what you think of this policy and if it will affect your sales.