As of November 15, 2012, customers can take to their local Post Office packages containing lithium batteries installed in electronic devices that are bound for many international destinations, and Army (APO), Fleet (FPO) and Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) locations. For information on specific country restrictions, please see the Postal Explorer or the Individual Country Listings of the International Mail Manual.

Lithium batteries can be shipped domestically, including Alaska and Hawaii. Different requirements apply to domestically-shipped rechargeable lithium batteries than on international commercial air transportation. See Section 349.22 at for USPS’ requirements regarding domestic transportation of lithium batteries.

  • What kind of electronic devices contain lithium batteries?  

    Examples of common electronic devices containing lithium batteries include:  cameras, video cameras, mobile/smart phones, Bluetooth headsets, laptop computers, shavers, portable DVD players, tablets, two-way radios, and GPS devices.

    Description: Examples of items that use lithium batteries
  • Where can I find the requirements for shipping lithium batteries?

    The Federal Register final rule as well as the IMM, DMM and Publication 52 revisions will be available at


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