Advice on shipping iPhone overseas

B.A.T

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Today I tried to send my old iPhone4 to a friend in Australia. The post office told me that I could not send it because of the battery. They told me I would have to remove it from the phone but then it could still be in the same package.

Has anyone had experience with this? Seems to me if I had told them the battery was out of the phone I would have been fine. I'd really like my friend to get the phone but I don't want customs to take it. Any advice?
 

AFDoc

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I've never shipped electronics to Aus but don't see why it would be a problem. Maybe take it to a different person? I have shipped to NZ without issue so maybe it's an Aus exclusive issue.
 

snook911

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Today I tried to send my old iPhone4 to a friend in Australia. The post office told me that I could not send it because of the battery. They told me I would have to remove it from the phone but then it could still be in the same package.

Has anyone had experience with this? Seems to me if I had told them the battery was out of the phone I would have been fine. I'd really like my friend to get the phone but I don't want customs to take it. Any advice?
Yes I have run into this. The post office will not ship anything internationally that has a lithium ion battery in it. You will have to ship it ups or fed ex. Unfortunately judging from my experience it usually more then doubles the price.
 

B.A.T

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It's not an Australian exclusive issue it comes from the usa side. However, you are allowed to ship it this way domestically and it's not a problem. Makes no sense.

What I'm wondering is if I tell them the battery is out of the device and I ship it are they going to actually open it up at customs? Seems silly to me.
 

B.A.T

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I took my chances and just mailed the iPhone anyways. It got to Melbourne today on schedule. Seems like as long as you label the package as something else you should be fine.
 

Uncle Buick

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Today I tried to send my old iPhone4 to a friend in Australia. The post office told me that I could not send it because of the battery. They told me I would have to remove it from the phone but then it could still be in the same package.

Has anyone had experience with this? Seems to me if I had told them the battery was out of the phone I would have been fine. I'd really like my friend to get the phone but I don't want customs to take it. Any advice?
[doublepost=1486371614][/doublepost]Yeah the Usps lied to you, the battery has to remain inside the phone because it is an ion battery and has to be partially discharged and u have to make sure that it can't be turned on accidentally. I checked the shipping restrictions for the Usps, ups, fed ex, Dhl and TNT, they all say the same thing. I sent an iPhone 5s to my girl in South Africa last September and she got it with no problem. U can also check the IATA guidelines, which is where the shippers get the info from. http://lifehacker.com/how-to-tackle-the-toughest-shipping-restrictions-1640723136
 
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