Effective 16 May 2012 Lithium batteries will not be allowed to ship internationally, including APO/FPO/DPO... Better stock up now if you're deployed, or start using FedEx/DHL if it's an option in your area.
Remind me not to skim. My box shipped in 06 May, so I should be fine. Also, you could have your wife/family send the batteries and just not tell them they're in there.. There's a lot of stuff you're not allowed to ship. Tobacco is a big one, but it gets sent out here all the time.
It wont be long before a package or two w batts in them goes thermal and then we will be in deep shipping doo doo. All the bad press is not helping. Then we have stories like this that dont help at all:
$ 102,000.00 Li Ion Car Fire
There is all sorts of 'banned items' that make it out though... I have had care packages from VFWs come filled with nothing but contraband... and ou bet your @$$ we enjoyed every bit of those 'illicit' goods.... everything from booze, tobacco, porn, BACON, and more.... I'll never forget seeing one guy hand out pork rinds to the iraqi kids who would throw rocks at us till they went away...
I would tell you I find that horribly wrong and offensive... But I would be a liar so...
The ban is being lifted just in time for the holiday season! thankfully!!
Partially. The batteries must be installed in the respective device. You cant ship "spares".