Out of an abundance of caution and in line with major retailers and the airline industry, the Postal Service is limiting the domestic shipping of mailable motorized balance boards, or hover boards, that contain lithium batteries.
Effective immediately and until further notice, USPS will ship hover boards using only Standard Post/Parcel Select. This product travels on ground transportation, due to the potential safety hazards of lithium batteries.
Also effective immediately, mailable motorized balance boards, or hover boards, will not be sent in international mail shipments, and are also prohibited in shipments to or from APO, FPO, and DPO destinations.
The Postal Service has long-time established rules and regulations regarding the mailing of lithium batteries both domestically and internationally.
USPS rules and regulations pertaining to lithium batteries can be found at the following links:
- For Domestic Mail: http://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52c3_026.htm
- For International Mail: http://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52c6_004.htm
Note: these rules do not yet include the limitations and prohibitions on hover boards.