Whoohoo! In the best news of the holiday shopping season, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has lifted the ban on mailing electronics with lithium batteries to overseas locations. In a quiet announcement made on 9 November 2012, the USPS stated that,
Effective Nov.15, Post Offices will begin accepting packages containing lithium batteries installed in electronic devices bound for many international destinations, and Army (APO), Fleet (FPO) and Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) locations.
The ban on mailing items with lithium batteries started on 16 May 2o12. It has been an inconvenience and additional expensive for military families living overseas, who have had to use alternative means for purchases and repairs of electronic devices. The USPS had originally said that they hoped to have the ban lifted by early 2013. The earlier lifting of the ban will help holiday shoppers and gift givers save both time and money while sourcing the items they wish to purchase.