Steve G1KQH sent me this which he received from Battery Force, a battery supplier:
"From the 10th of January 2013 due to legislation outside our control, Battery Force will no longer be able to send Lithium batteries using Royal Mail Post. All Lithium batteries sent after this date, will have to go by courier. Using couriers will unfortunately increase the delivery charge for lithium batteries."
The Royal Mail website attempts to clarify the rules here:
At the moment I'm not clear what the implications will be. It does sound a little like "job's worth" and health and safety gone mad although, like all such moves, the intention is good: to make the mail service safer. But before long we will not be allowed to walk across a road because of the danger.
How did we manage in years gone by?