No More Lithium Batteries Internationally via USPS

The U.S. Post Office prohibited lithium batteries in their international mail service effective May 16, 2012, This includes lithium batteries/cells and devices containing lithium batteries. All lithium batteries even small batteries like watch batteries and ALL devices containn lithium batteries even watches are prohibited.  This provision includes mailing lithium batteries in device to and from APO, FPO or DPO. However this does not apply to points within the US and its territories.

This action was necessary because the ICAO Regulations do not permit mailing of lithium batteries/cells or devices in international air at this time.  The US Post Office is hopeful that it will be able to restore it international mailing for lithium batteries when the ICAO’s International Regulations become effective and allow for this on January 1, 2013.  Refer to our previous blog post on ICAO Proposed Lithium Battery changes.

A copy of the US Post Office final rule can be found here.

If you have questions regarding lithium batteries, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you. We can be reached at (704) 573-0955.


Lithium Battery Changes Proposed for the 49CFR

Today, PHMSA issues a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on lithium batteries transported by air. This notice details the regulatory changes to the 49 CFR that would allow for the lithium battery air requirements to harmonize with the ICAO Technical Instructions. If the proposed rules are incorporated into the 49 CFR, the rules would be effective Jan.1, 2013. This is also the effective date for the ICAO Technical Instructions lithium battery changes. Comments on this proposed rule can be submitted by following the instructions in the NPRM by May 11, 2012. The proposed rules of Lithium Batteries can be downloaded here.

Also check out our previous post concerning the ICAO lithium battery changes.

If you have questions or need assistance with transportation of lithium battery or other hazardous materials, please let us  know at (704) 573-0955.

ICAO Lithium Battery Changes

ICAO publishes minutes meetings held February 6-10, 2012 which discussed lithium batteries provision changes. These meetings amended the lithium battery provisions including packaging instructions, safety measures, training for shippers, operator acceptance compliance checks, and pilot notification. Packing Instructions 965, 966, 968 and 969 are in the proposed amendment. The proposed amendment can be downloaded here.