May 15, 2012
From May 16th the United States Postal Service (USPS) will no longer ship any item with a Lithium Ion battery due to the danger of in flight explosions on cargo planes. Australian post has had a similar ban since 2009. This can cover a lot of electronic devices – laptops, phones, tablets, MP3 players, cameras, medical equipment etc.
What will this mean for us? Well if you are purchasing in NZ probably not a lot but if you are getting a mate to post you over a Kindle or buying things off eBay you will have to use the much more costly courier companies to get things here. Longer term if the courier companies follow suit that would eliminate Air Freight as an option and if that happens expect things to take a lot longer to get there than they already do.
Also don’t forget if you travel you cannot pack any item with Lithium Ion batteries in your checked luggage if you fly via the States – they need to go in carry on luggage.