EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2933 - November 12, 2012     2 of 5

USPS Lift on Lithium Ban Good for Online Merchants

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Online merchants sending electronics internationally will be pleased to learn that, after banning them in May, U.S. Post Offices will once again accept packages containing lithium batteries installed in electronic devices bound for many international destinations, as well as Army (APO), Fleet (FPO) and Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) locations.

In May, the USPS said the ban would last through January 2013, and it stopped accepting packages containing lithium batteries and electronic devices containing lithium batteries addressed to international destinations on May 16, 2012. However, it continued to accept such packages mailed within the United States on domestic commercial air and ground transportation.

Banned items included video cameras, walkie talkies, GPS devices, radio controlled toys, cameras, scanners, cell phones, MP3 players, Bluetooth handsets, smartphones/ mobiles, laptop computers, shavers, power drills, tablets, portable DVD players and manufacturing equipment.

The ban lifts on Nov. 15 when the USPS will once again start accepting such packages.

"The Postal Service is pleased to be back in the business of shipping gifts containing lithium batteries internationally and to our service members overseas," said Giselle Valera, vice president, Global Business. "Postal employees are gearing up for a busy holiday season, and we're ready to help customers send care packages to loved ones around the world."

Online merchants can view the USPS International Holiday Shipping/Mailing Dates on the USPS website.

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