United States Postal Service Bans Hoverboard Shipments on Airplanes

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Postal Service Enacts National Policy on Marijuana Advertisements.

The U.S. The United States Postal Service (USPS) has restricted the shipping of hoverboards as of Dec. 17, where they’ll only be able to be shipped via Standard Post/Parcel Select — which uses ground transportation, not air. Postal Service has issued a statement saying it’s illegal to mail material with marijuana advertising but added that local postal officials cannot refuse to accept mail that may violate federal policy. The US Postal Service grounded the popular self-balancing tech toy following numerous reports of the devices catching fire due to the lithium batteries inside.

In a statement on their website, the USPS cites that it’s in line with the “abundance of caution and in line with major retailers and the airline industry” over the safety of motorized balance boards, or hoverboards, that contain lithium batteries, highlighting their “potential safety hazards.” The USPS maintains they have “long-time established rules and regulations regarding the mailing of lithium batteries both domestically and internationally.” Doubts over the safety of hoverboards have surfaced recently, with the U.S. If USPS personnel identify mail containing such content, they must “send a report to the local inspection service serving their facility, and the matter would then be turned over to the responsible law enforcement agencies for investigation if appropriate.” The policy was announced by Thomas J. The agency issued the statement after members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation pressed the U.S. postmaster general for a “detailed explanation” of a postal service policy prohibiting mailing material that contains marijuana advertising. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issuing a strong warning on Wednesday to those thinking of purchasing one, with concerns there are “no safety standard in place for hoverboards” according to CPSC Chairman Elliot F. In his written response, Thomas Marshall, executive vice president and general counsel for the postal service, said the agency has reviewed “the pertinent statutory provisions” and “concluded that advertisements for the sale of marijuana are non-mailable.” Marshall wrote that the federal Controlled Substances Act prohibits people from placing “in any newspaper, magazine, handbill or other publications, any written advertisement knowing that it has the purpose of seeking or offering illegally to receive, buy or distribute a Schedule 1 controlled substance.” “These provisions express Congress’s judgment that the mail should not be used as a means of transmitting advertisements for the sale of marijuana, even if that sale is allowed under state law,” Marshall wrote.

The decision is the latest reaction to a growing safety crisis in the hoverboard industry, created when unscrupulous importers and corner-cutting Chinese factories rushed to get millions of hoverboards to consumers in the US, UK, and other markets. Retailers, e-commerce sites, and transportation providers have started banning some models of the popular Christmas gift, or refusing to carry them, following continued reports of hoverboards exploding, and at times burning down houses. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici — issued a joint statement on Thursday responding to the newly announced USPS policy. “We are working as a delegation to quickly find the best option to address this agency’s intransigence.

Some hoverboard manufacturers in China are selling units with fake batteries, a sales manager from one of the biggest manufactures in Shenzhen told Quartz last week. “There are some factories right now that will say they use Samsung batteries but don’t,” he said. “They wrap a piece of paper around the battery that says ‘Samsung’ when it’s not Samsung.” Retailers and shippers have taken strong action in the last week. That rider, first passed into law last year, prohibits the Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with the implementation of state medical cannabis laws. Amazon once let nearly any importer or manufacturer list hoverboards for sale, but week scrubbed its listings, and told vendors they needed to prove their products had passed safety tests.

The USPS’ decision means that anyone who wants guaranteed delivery of a hoverboard in time for Christmas will have to opt for a private carrier, like FedEx, which still has no restrictions on shipping them. If the mailer insists on trying to send the content, it “must still be accepted unless it is not otherwise properly prepared for mailing.” USPS staff are then instructed to report the matter to investigation and enforcement authorities.

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