Lithium ion batteries are a tricky bunch. There are a large number of guidelines when it comes to sending them within the United States…and getting them to overseas recipients is a whole different ball game. If you’re wondering whether you’re able to ship lithium ion batteries internationally, we’ve got the inside scoop.
You Can Ship Lithium Ion Batteries Internationally if They Are Pre-Installed Within the Equipment they Power
When we say “pre-installed,” this means that you’re not able to remove the rechargeable batteries from the item without opening it up. You’d have to pry the item open with all sorts of tools to get inside and remove the battery. If this is the case for your items, you’re good to go!
For other items, like certain power tools, you technically attach and remove the lithium ion batteries at the bottom. So, if your lithium ion batteries aren’t pre-installed within the equipment they power, you can’t ship them overseas at all.
Here are some examples of items that come with lithium ion batteries already pre-installed inside:
- Video game controllers
- Certain video game consoles (for example, the Nintendo Switch)
- Portable speakers
- Electric shaving razors
Learn more about how to ship lithium ion batteries in general, as well as how to properly package them.
Double-Check Your Destination Country’s Guidelines
Before shipping any products with lithium ion batteries internationally, you should do some homework and make sure the country you’re shipping to allows for the importation of these types of items in the first place. Some countries allow for it, while others don’t. The best way to verify is to check the Individual Country Listings on the USPS website.
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