[NTLK] Followup on international eMate shipment

Dennis Swaney romad at mac.com
Thu Apr 27 22:28:13 EDT 2017

Well, since it looks like the USPS regulations allow it, the problem may be
with the Bundepost or just an over-zealous employee of the latter.

Dennis B. Swaney

"I think, therefore I Mac"

On Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 5:09 PM, NewtonTalk <newtontalk at pda-soft.de> wrote:

> > I think the problem may be that you are trying to MAIL the item as
> opposed
> to SHIPPING the item.
> > Sending corrosives (batteries fall under this description) may NOT be
> sent
> through International
> > Mail, ie, from the Bundepost to the US Postal Service or vice versa.
> However, a shipping company
> > like DHL, UPS, FedEx, etc. apparently CAN transport batteries via air.
> If I understand http://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52c3_026.htm correctly,
> this restriction applies to batteries that contain liquids. This document
> explicitly states in section 348.22 (Mailable Corrosives)
> that common household dry-cell batteries such as sizes AA, AAA, C, D, etc.
> are generally not regulated as hazardous materials and are therefore
> mailable. This is exactly what the eMate battery consists of: Four common
> household dry-cell AA size batteries. There seems to be some special
> regulation for Nickel-Metal-Hydride batteries in sea transportation, but
> this wouldn't apply in my case since I sent (or better tried to send) the
> eMate by air mail.
> I am aware that shipping companies like DHL, UPS, FedEx etc. will transport
> even devices containing Lithium-Ion batteries without any hassle. But at
> least in Germany they charge so much for international shipping that hardly
> anybody interested in Newton or eMate hardware would be willing to shell
> out
> so much money.
> Obviously, 850 passengers sitting in an all-economy class Airbus A380, each
> equipped with at least one device containing a Li-Ion battery, is perfectly
> safe. But four innocent standard AA size Nickel-Metal-Hydride batteries in
> the luggage compartment of the same A380 are so incredibly dangerous that
> they cannot be tolerated? Hard to believe. Especially considering the fact
> that I have been sending rebuilt batteries and devices containing rebuilt
> batteries to the US since the year 2000, using land, sea and air
> transportation. What a strange world.
> Thanks
> Frank
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