No lithium batteries International...
Well, I just beat the USPS restriction on International shipping of cameras with Lithium batteries in the box. Got it to the PO one day ahead of the new limitation. The deadline was May 16.
Apparently the simple answer is that the overseas carrier used by USPS has experienced some spontaneous combustion problems with electronics powered by Lithium Ion batteries.
Starting May 16, no electronics with Lithium Ion batteries will be accepted for International shipping by USPS.
I shipped Fujifilm S5 Pro to an eBay buyer in Federation of Russia. Normally, I sell only film stuff, and my last 4 deals Internationally have been to Russia. In fact, in the last year, my sales overseas have exceeded my sales in the US.
This new limitation, won't hurt me because there's no profit in digital anyway. But it's bound to have a drastic effect in the electronics market.
I checked the prices for UPS and Fedex for the S5 and they were triple to quadruple the USPS price. I rushed it to the PO. The buyer has it and I got a glowing feedback yesterday.