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Topic # 204210 22-Sep-2016 01:59
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I know and understand why there has been strong restrictions placed on sending lithium ion batteries via air but didn't realise how bad it was even for items like phones (or ebook readers, Amazon Echos etc) with relatively low power non removable batteries (or removable ones where you want to send the battery). Unless I'm missing something, it seems that there's no cheap way to such items overseas anymore.

 

For sending internationally, NZ Post requires International Express Courier which tends to be very expensive (probably at least $81) https://www.nzpost.co.nz/personal/sending-internationally/prohibited-restricted-items if you follow their rules.

 

I guess there are some other couriers, maybe they're even slightly cheaper but from my experience these would still be very expensive for randoms sending stuff, I'm guessing at least $60 and frankly I'm not sure if you'll actually finding anything cheaper than NZ Post International Express Courier that accepts such items.

 

Means if you need to RMA a fairly lower value phone bought overseas, you're in a worse position than I realised. Of course sending via International Air is still not what I'd call cheap & always caried some risk if RMAing due to the lack of tracking if the company you sent it to claims it wasn't received and NZ Post says it was delivered. Still if it's a trustworthy company hopefully shouldn't happen much.

 

Something to remember when Youshopping etc I suppose.

 

In retrospect I guess it's not that surprising after the complete ban on lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger planes as the normal mail service may them a fair amount. Just not something I really thought about since phones etc are still sent so often (albeit a lot of that is probably in violation, especially those Chinese sellers).


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  Reply # 1638490 22-Sep-2016 07:13
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It used to be that batteries under a certain capacity would still be allowed through. The counter staff rejected my attempts to send a broken Kindle back to Amazon until I brought a print out of their rules, that was a few years ago now though and your link does seem to say all lithium ion batteries are banned.


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  Reply # 1638492 22-Sep-2016 07:21
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Irconically when I was in China in June their airport security was extremely strict on battery packs. Huge signs everywhere saying batteries are prohibited in checked luggage (they are now banned on Air NZ in checked luggage also) and through screening for carry on all battery packs and devices containing batteries need to be placed in a tray and screened individually. They were also inspected individually for any sign of bulging.

 

 


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  Reply # 1638493 22-Sep-2016 07:24
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Emirates and Norwegian.com have also banned battery packs in checked in luggage




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  Reply # 1638496 22-Sep-2016 07:40
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Just to add to this thread as a PSA if you do take batteries (this includes small USB battery packs) on Air NZ checked luggage these will be removed at screening and you will not get these back. Always ensure you take these in your carry on.

 

If you do travel domestically with tools such as cordless drills (which I do) you used to only need to have the battery removed from the device. Batteries must now be taken as carry on and have terminals taped over to comply with current Air NZ and CAA rules rules.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1638563 22-Sep-2016 09:15
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sbiddle:

 

Just to add to this thread as a PSA if you do take batteries (this includes small USB battery packs) on Air NZ checked luggage these will be removed at screening and you will not get these back. Always ensure you take these in your carry on.

 

If you do travel domestically with tools such as cordless drills (which I do) you used to only need to have the battery removed from the device. Batteries must now be taken as carry on and have terminals taped over to comply with current Air NZ and CAA rules rules.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you still carry the likes of a tablet as checked language??





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  Reply # 1638564 22-Sep-2016 09:17
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Also doesn't help with Samsung chipping in with their exploding Galaxy 7 phones. Every flight now has a special mention on the Note 7 devices having to be powered off. Imagines someone who has this in checked baggage

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