Lithium Batteries Prohibited In Airmail
Lithium cells/batteries are prohibited from travelling in air transport even if they are installed in a device/equipment. They can be found in cameras, GPS devices, mobile phones, portable computers, etc.
Prohibition does not apply to any postal items, even priority mail items, transported to its destination by road.
Mail is transported by road to the following countries
- Austria, Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia – all postal items
- Czech Republic and Germany – all parcel mail and non-priority letters
- Serbia and the United States – non-priority letters
Universal Postal Union Initiative – "Keep me safe to get me there faster"
The initiative launched by UPU aims at raising awareness of postal service users about allowed and prohibited mail contents to increase security of global transport of goods. It is also supported by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), International Aviation Transport Association and World Customs Organization. Postal operators, customs administrations and air carriers act in close cooperation in order to ensure a fast and safe transport of mail all over the world. Only by respecting the rules, the transport times, content checking times and customs clearance times can be shorter.
The consumers are often not aware that certain goods, classified as dangerous goods, cannot travel through the international postal network.
Numerous articles of general consumption, generally not known as dangerous, can become such when sent by mail. An airbag, for example, contains explosives, while perfumes, oil paints, aerosols and lithium batteries can be flammable. Therefore, they are considered as dangerous by air carriers, as they can cause fire with devastating consequences. As international mail is generally transported by air, prohibitions and restrictions related to the transport of such goods are strictly respected.
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