This issue has been a pain in the a*** here in Australia for over a year now. Anything sent internally or overseas by airmail has to be signed off to legally declare that no dangerous items are in the parcel. ANY and ALL Lithium batteries are officially considered as not allowed for airmail. I recently bought a couple of Bladefish scooters for the kids from a shop in another state of Australia...and had to wait for 10 days for delivery by surface "snail-mail" because they contained lithium batteries.
I and my friends buy gear from the USA because prices tend to be a lot cheaper than here...and our customs/import duty is very generous with such personal imports.
So my question is...what do you think will be the implications of the new postal rules for shipping items with Lithium batteries to overseas destinations by USPS? No doubt some couriers will (as they do here) take advantage of this to have premium shipping rates for such items, but the extreme cost of this usually removes the cost advantage of buying goods in the USA instead of Australia. Will items with such batteries have to go by ship instead of air...as is now the case in Australia?
Edited by HDVdiver, 11 May 2012 - 10:41 PM.