PRBA Lauds U.S. Postal Service Decision Allowing the International Air Shipment of Electronics with Small Lithium Batteries

Nov 14, 2012, 08:53 ET from PRBA - The Rechargeable Battery Association

Early Implementation A Holiday Gift for America's Overseas Military Personnel

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PRBA-The Rechargeable Battery Association welcomes the U.S. Postal Service announcement that on November 15 the agency will start accepting packages with electronic devices containing small lithium batteries for transport overseas, including to military bases and diplomatic missions.

The USPS decision addresses the air shipment of numerous consumer electronic products, including laptop computers, mobile phones and other popular devices. The USPS requirements impose limitations on the size of the lithium batteries that can be contained in the consumer electronics goods. USPS still cannot accept lithium batteries or lithium batteries packed with electronics for international air shipment.

"Working with other trade associations, PRBA supported USPS efforts to secure early authorization from the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel that allows the postal service to begin accepting these packages for international transport before January 1, 2013," Kerchner added.

"We are especially glad the USPS ruling will allow families and friends to ship gifts to loved ones overseas, especially military personnel serving their country," Kerchner said.   

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PRBA members power the consumer electronics revolution. We deliver a safe, efficient, and essential power source for portable electronic equipment such as notebook computers, cell phones, power tools, PDAs, and MP3 players, as well as hybrid and electric vehicles. PRBA members produce approximately 70 percent of the world's lithium ion cells and account for billions of dollars in annual worldwide sales. With more than 70 members, PRBA is widely recognized as the nation's authoritative source for information on rechargeable batteries. Visit PRBA online at



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