[amsat-bb] Re: Lithium Batteries and USPS

George Henry ka3hsw at att.net
Tue Dec 11 11:02:35 PST 2012

She doesn't have her facts straight...  

DMM Revision: Mailings of Lithium Batteries 
Effective May 16, 2012, the Postal Service™ will revise Mailing Standards of the 
United States Postal Service,Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) section 601.10.20 to 
codify that primary lithium metal or lithium alloy (nonrechargeable) cells and 
batteries or secondary lithium-ion cells and bat­teries (rechargeable) are 
prohibited when mailed interna­tionally or to and from an APO, FPO, or DPO 
location. However, this prohibition does not apply to lithium batter­ies 
authorized under DMM 601.10.20 when mailed within the United States or its 

International standards have recently been the subject of discussion by the 
International Civil Aviation Organiza­tion (ICAO) and the Universal Postal Union 
(UPU), and the Postal Service anticipates that on January 1, 2013, cus­tomers 
will be able to mail specific quantities of lithium bat­teries internationally 
(including to and from an APO, FPO, or DPO location) when the batteries are 
properly installed in the personal electronic devices they are intended to 
So, for now, the ban only applies to international or APO/FPO/DPO locations.

George, KA3HSW 

----- Original Message ----
> From: Bruce <kk5do at arrl.net>
> To: "amsat-bb at AMSAT.Org" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>; BRAZOS VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB 
><bvarc at bvarc.org>
> Sent: Tue, December 11, 2012 11:02:20 AM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Lithium Batteries and USPS
> I was just at the post office in Houston shipping a package to Florida and they 
>asked me there were any lithium batteries in the package. I said no and asked 
>why. The postal worker said they no longer take packages with lithium batteries 
>unless they are in a laptop or cell phone. I asked what about in a radio and she 
>said no. hmmmmm
> 73...bruce
> -- 

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