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USPS Develops ‘No Fly List’ for Electronics

EBN Online, May 25th, 2012

Say goodbye (at least for now) to dropping by your local US post office and sending a smartphone or tablet to anyone overseas, including those with military post office boxes. If it has a lithium battery in it, you’re going to have to a find another way of getting the box out as an international shipment.

The US Postal Service recently banned shipments of electronic products containing lithium batteries, citing risk of fire. has a list of items that will be affected, with all the popular consumer electronic products mentioned: laptop computers, smartphones, tablets, cameras, MP3 players, Bluetooth headsets, GPS devices, portable DVD players, and even radio-controlled toys.

What’s slightly odd about all this is that the USPS seems to be the only organization implementing the rule. Other major logistics companies and national postal offices, as far as I know, will still be shipping devices with lithium batteries.

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