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Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Customer Advisory

(Note: There are still discussions in progress for how this will impact the Exchange Business.)

May 4, 2012

Subject: Lithium batteries prohibited in international/military mail

Purpose: To provide DOD shippers an immediate notification on mailing lithium batteries to/from APOs, FPOs or DPOs.

Be advised: Effective May 16, 2012, the United States Postal Service will prohibit the shipment of lithium metal batteries, lithium-ion batteries and devices containing lithium batteries by international/military mail. This prohibition includes mail sent to and from APO, FPO and DPO locations and applies regardless of quantity, size, watt-hours and whether the cells or batteries are packed in equipment, with equipment or without equipment.

USPS stated that under current rules of various international agencies, including the International Civil Aviation Organization and the Universal Postal Union, lithium batteries cannot be sent as mail matter on international commercial air transportation. Customers sending electronic devices containing removable lithium batteries must remove the lithium batteries before tendering internationally and to or from APO, FPO and DPO shipments for mailing. Electronic equipment with non-removable lithium batteries may not be sent by international or military/diplomatic mail.

A. International Mail Manual
B. Domestic Mail Manual
C. Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted and Perishable Mail

POC: Military Postal Service Agency, Operations Division, Verdar May, (703) 545-5463, DSN 312-865-5463 more

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