Post office will not ship laptops, iPads abroad

May 11, 2012

(AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service is banning international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries such as smartphones, laptops and iPads, citing the risk of fire.

Beginning Wednesday, consumers may no longer make the shipments, including to army and diplomatic post offices. That means friends and family will have to use more expensive private companies such as UPS and to ship electronics to U.S. troops based abroad.

The Postal Service cited discussion by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the Universal Postal Union. They issue semi-binding guidelines for global trade.

Officials expect that U.S. consumers can resume shipments in most cases after Jan. 1, once the agency develops a new policy "consistent with international standards."

are believed to have caused at least two fires on cargo planes since 2006.

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KingDWS
5 / 5 (1) May 11, 2012
I thought the spontaneous battery fires were popularized to be occurring over five years ago or more. I wonder what the real reason behind the PO's expiditious enactmenet is? Or does it really take them that long to get it in gear?
Noumenon
1.2 / 5 (17) May 11, 2012
Only a government entity would hand business over to it's competition, and continue to deliver unwanted 90% pure advertisements door to door, six days a week, in an age of emails and online banking & bill pay.

Why the environmentalists are not protesting the constant delivery of tons of wasted paper that the vast majority of people put directly into the trash, I do not understand.
rwinners
5 / 5 (1) May 13, 2012
Why the environmentalists are not protesting the constant delivery of tons of wasted paper that the vast majority of people put directly into the trash, I do not understand.


I agree about the junk mail. However, our first class postal rates are among the lowest in the developed world. Where else can you mail a first class envelop across the country for under 50 cents?
Personally, I've always liked the US Post Office for both service and dependability. It is sad to see it fall on hard times.
Terriva
1 / 5 (1) May 13, 2012
Why the environmentalists are not protesting the constant delivery of tons of wasted paper that the vast majority of people put directly into the trash, I do not understand.
Papers correspond the storage media, not the notebooks. You can still send CD disks freely.
Noumenon
1 / 5 (16) May 16, 2012
Why the environmentalists are not protesting the constant delivery of tons of wasted paper that the vast majority of people put directly into the trash, I do not understand.
Papers correspond the storage media, not the notebooks. You can still send CD disks freely.


I don't understand your post. Maybe you don't live in the west? I'm speaking of physical junk mail, advertisement that are delivered by the USPS to people mail boxes; everyday we receive some. The total amount delivered must be colossal.

The USPS exists because of this junk mail, they feed off of it, yet no one wants it. We call it spam if it arrives via email and use a filter to block.

However, our first class postal rates are among the lowest in the developed world. Where else can you mail a first class envelop across the country for under 50 cents?


That's their problem. They need raise rates, but don't want to because that would cut down on junk mail, which is their primary business.
Noumenon
1 / 5 (16) May 16, 2012
,... I would rather them fold it in. They are obsolete by decades. If they were gone, I'm sure UPS or fedex or a new business would gladly deliver your envelope for a reasonable rate.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.3 / 5 (3) May 16, 2012
Conservatives like NumenTard have been trying to kill off the U.S. postal service since it was created. Just as they have been working to destroy NASA, destroy the Rural Electrification, and every other form of social progress.

rwinners
not rated yet May 16, 2012
The USPS has been around for a very long time. It should be maintained. It not only delivers mail, but acts as the local office of the US State Department. It provides legal proof of service. I'm not sure that Fedex can do that.
Noumenon
1 / 5 (16) May 16, 2012
Conservatives like NumenTard have been trying to kill off the U.S. postal service since it was created. Just as they have been working to destroy NASA, destroy the Rural Electrification, and every other form of social progress. - VDTard


Hey, tree-hugger face, the USPS burned 444,000,000 gallons of fuel in 2009,... delivering mostly junk mail.

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