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International sellers: USPS announcement regarding international shipments of items with lithium-ion batteries

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According to a recent press release, the USPS®, in response to guidance from International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), will no longer ship devices that include lithium-ion batteries to international destinations starting on May 16, 2012. This includes mail shipments to APO/FPO/DPO destinations. Shipments within the USA are not affected.

Items containing lithium cells or batteries include: Video cameras, walkie-talkies, GPS devices, radio controlled toys, cameras, scanners, cellular phones/Smart phones, MP3 players, Bluetooth headsets, laptops, electric shavers, power drills, tablets/iPads, portable DVD players.

To ship your items to international destinations with the batteries included, consider shipping with carriers like FedEx® and UPS®. Your other option is to remove the battery from the device and ship via USPS. If you ship without the battery, be sure to update your listing details to clearly specify that international buyers will receive the item without the lithium-ion battery. Get more information. Follow these tips and tools to edit your current listings in bulk.
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I cant believe eBay is referencing info from 5 years ago. Not that it matters because the eBay bulk shipping page says, quote: "If your item has a lithium ion battery, you can't print a shipping label with the US Postal Service." Which is not true. See the 2017 USPS website:


You can ship lithium ion batteries when installed in the device.