UPS, FedEx, & USPS Rate Changes
UPS has increased rates across many of the services it offers including Delivery Confirmation, Scheduled Pickup, and more. The changes in rates went into effect December 28, 2015 and the entire list can be viewed here: UPS Rate Change Information
FedEx has also increased its rates for most of its services. The increases apply to FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Freight. The changes in rates for FedEx went into effect January 4, 2016 and the details of the changes can be found here: FedEx Shipping Rates Changes
USPS implemented its rate changes on January 17, 2016 and applied it to Flat Rate Envelopes, Packages, and Special Services. So far, postage of First Class letters and envelopes as well as postcards remains the same. A list of all the changes in rates can be viewed here: U.S. Postal Service Rate Changes
Regulations for Shipment of Lithium Ion Batteries
- State of Charge Limits: A 30 percent state of charge (SOC) limit on lithium-ion cells and batteries, including Section II cells and batteries. This does not apply to batteries packed with or contained in equipment.
- Restrictions on Package Quantity: A shipper is not allowed to offer more than one Section II package (batteries only) per consignment.
- Restrictions on Overpacks: Overpacks may contain no more than one Section II package - 8 cells or 2 batteries - (batteries only).
- Battery Package Separation: A shipper must offer lithium battery shipments (batteries only) separately from other cargo.
Compliance with the amendments is mandatory starting April 1, 2016 and a detailed description can be found on the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) website: Lithium Batteries as Cargo in 2016 Update (PDF)
The entire IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document (PDF) offers even more information.