Thank you for your interest in our new Echo Plus and I am sorry that there is a issue with the posting to NI.
We're unable to dispatch items containing hazardous properties outside of the mainland UK, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain or Portugal. We can dispatch such items to all addresses in Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Monaco and Vatican City (Holy See).
We want all of our customers to have the convenience of buying anything they want, from any of our websites, and have it delivered quickly. We’re committed to making our products and services available to the widest range of customers. Before we start sending a new product category to a location or country, we need to make sure we have the operational infrastructure and transportation services in place to provide the level of service that our customers expect from us.
@Palanos: Things may well have changed since I last played in shipping, but generally you have to get approval to ship some items via some transport systems. In this case I would guess that the question is shipping Li-On batteries via air in the NEW Echo Plus.
I would guess that Amazon have negotiated shipping rights for the Echo (proving it does not blow up due to humidity, pressure, temperature etc in an airplane cargo hold.) They now have to prove it for a new class of product.
International freight forwarding and shipping is a logistic nightmare. Not anything that a customer wants or needs to know about really, apart from when it stops them getting what they want when they want.
(Road haulage via ferries is sometimes even more complex.)
As a customer I wonder if Amazon will go to the costs to certify the PLUS for sea/air shipment - but if they do then I hope you get one of the very first ones to land. The alternative of buying it in the UK and carrying it home as personal luggage may or may not be appropriate.
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New regulations from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) concerning li-pol batteries came into force on 1st January 2017 resulting in many things that could previously be transported are now not allowed pending certification e.g. last year you could buy Kindles from Germany (taking advantage of the very nice exchange rate). This year you can’t.