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USPS to allow lithium batteries in international parcels

The US Postal Service will begin accepting packages containing lithium batteries for delivery to international destinations from Thursday (15th November).

The sending of lithium batteries through the international postal system had been banned, as they were classified as dangerous goods by the United Nations despite being common power sources for consumer electronics like computers and mobile phones.

This summer the UN-affiliated Universal Postal Union agreed new rules with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to begin allowing shipping of lithium batteries if they are “properly packed”.

In order to start shipping batteries internationally, Posts have had to train their staff according to the ICAO requirements.

The US Postal Service said on Friday that it was now ready to begin accepting packages containing lithium batteries installed within electronic devices bound for many international destinations, and to military and diplomatic personnel stationed overseas.


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