Get New Devices Overseas with Package Forwarding
For package forwarding shoppers, some of the most attractive products to buy from the US are consumer electronics. From laptop computers to mobile phones, US stores offer a lot of cool tech devices earlier and cheaper than stores in most other countries.
But because these products contain lithium ion batteries, which can be hazardous to ship by air, many stores refuse to ship them overseas. In fact, just about any rechargable device these days contains a lithium ion battery, including:
- Laptop computers
- Mobile phones
- Digital cameras
- Digital music players
- GPS devices
- Bluetooth devices
Because shippers can incur penalties if lithium ion (or Li-ion) batteries are not shipped correctly, most stores will only ship products on the above list by ground, which rules out international orders.
Regulations for Shipping Products with Lithium Ion Batteries Internationally
The US Department of Transportation regulates what is and isn’t safe to ship, and there are certain limits on what kinds of batteries can be shipped by air. Most carriers even provide documentation to ensure shippers follow the correct prodedures for shipping Li-Ion and other batteries.
But what many US stores don’t realize is that these regulations typically only apply to larger batteries, or large quantities of smaller ones. Most batteries that come packaged in consumer electronics products, such as those in laptop computers or mobile phones, are small enough to be exempt from dangerous goods regulations.
How to Get International Shipping on Products Containing Li-ion Batteries
Of course, it’s not a store’s job to stay on top of international shipping regulations, and you can’t blame them for wanting to play it safe. But international shipping regulations are the job of package forwarding companies.
If you have a package forwarding address, you can order consumer electronics from any US store, let them send your order via a domestic ground shipment, and then have your forwarding company ship your order internationally. The forwarding company will work closely with the international carrier to make sure all the correct labels and customs forms are applied, so that your shipment does not encounter any problems either leaving the US or arriving in your country.
With a package forwarding address, you can buy any laptop, mobile phone, or other electronic device from the US, and you won’t have to worry about the store’s shipping policies.
In most cases, package forwarding can help you purchase other regulated products from the US, too. What other items have you had trouble buying from US stores? Let us know in the comments section below, and we’ll help you find a solution!