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USPS dejará de enviar baterías de litio hasta 2013

En una reciente nota de prensa, USPS (United States Parcel Services o lo que es lo mismo, Correos en EEUU) dejará de enviar por correo aéreo baterías de litio hasta que se definan nuevas reglas de transporte de elementos peligrosos.

Por lo tanto, aparatos electrónicos domésticos como teléfonos móviles, tablets, mp3 y demás que contengan baterías de litio no podrán ser enviados desde el 7 de Mayo hasta Enero de 2013, por lo que habrá que usar otros métodos alternativos de envío. Las restricciones solo se dan en vuelos intercontinentales.

Background:
Under current rules of various international agencies, including the  International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Universal  Postal Union (UPU), lithium batteries cannot be sent as mail matter on  international commercial air transportation.
In keeping with these requirements, the Postal Service must maintain  standards prohibiting the carriage of lithium metal or lithium-ion  batteries in postal shipments sent on commercial aircraft to  international destinations, including to and from APO, FPO and DPO  locations. On May 7, 2012, the Postal Service revised International Mail  Manual (IMM) part 136, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) section 601.10.20,  and Publication 52 section 349.22 to incorporate standards prohibiting  outbound international mailing of lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries  and devices containing lithium batteries.
The Postal Service anticipates that by January 1, 2013, aviation rules  will be changed to allow specific quantities of lithium batteries  (installed in the equipment they are intended to operate) to be sent by  mail to destinations abroad.
MEDIA STATEMENT ON Outbound International Mailing of Lithium Batteries
REACTIVE ONLY — FOR IMMEDIATE USE
Until January 2013, the Postal Service will not be able to accept  packages containing lithium batteries and electronic devices containing  lithium batteries addressed to international destinations. This includes  mail destined to, or from, APO (Army Post Office), FPO (Fleet Post  Office) and DPO (Diplomatic Post Office) locations.
This change is required by the standards of the International Civil  Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU), both  of which currently prohibit lithium batteries in mail shipments that are  carried on international commercial air transportation.
This change will not apply to packages containing lithium batteries and  electronic devices containing lithium batteries when mailed within the  United States on domestic commercial air or ground transportation.
International organizations apply different rules to the carriage of  lithium batteries in mail shipments carried on commercial aircraft as  compared to domestic requirements.
We anticipate that by January 2013, international aviation rules will be  changed to allow mailing of lithium batteries when installed in the  personal electronic devices they are intended to operate.
USPS is working with expert organizations to determine if any new  exceptions can be developed prior to January 2013. Further announcements  will be made should USPS be able to accept lithium batteries in certain  types of mail shipments as soon as any new options become available.
We appreciate our customers’ business. We recognize this change will  pose an inconvenience to our customers and we look forward to continuing  to be their international shipping partner.

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