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.