[amsat-bb] Lithium Batteries and USPS (flip flop alert)
k7trkradio at charter.net
Tue Dec 11 13:58:01 PST 2012
USPS does reversal:
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of George Henry
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:03 AM
To: kk5do at arrl.net; amsat-bb at AMSAT.Org; BRAZOS VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Lithium Batteries and USPS
She doesn't have her facts straight... http://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2012/pb22336/html/updt_004.htm
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 territories.
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 operate."
So, for now, the ban only applies to international or APO/FPO/DPO locations.
----- 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
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