Why is perfume considered a dangerous good?
All perfume, cologne, eau de parfum and eau de toilette which contain alcohol are considered a ‘dangerous good’.
As ethanol is a highly flammable substance, should your bottle of perfume become damaged in transit or leak from it’s packaging, it could pose a serious fire risk if exposed to a flash source.
Not all perfume is considered a hazard. If your perfume or cologne does not contain alcohol and is labeled as non-flammable, it wouldn't be considered a dangerous good under the Flammable Liquids: 3 classification.
Similarly, non-flammable perfumed creams, gels, oils and lotions are also safe to ship under this division.
How Can I Deliver Perfume Safely?
It is essential to use a HAZMAT certified courier when delivering dangerous goods.
Not only can we help you with the declaration paperwork, we will ensure that your perfume is correctly packaged for shipping.
To reduce risks, the perfume or cologne that you are looking to deliver should be sealed and in its original packaging.
Placed inside a strong outer packaging, we will ensure that this is correctly secured and cushioned to prevent a breakage whilst in transit.
What if I Don’t Declare my Perfume?
Not only could the failure to declare perfume as a dangerous good lead to potentially devastating consequences and inappropriate handling or storage of your parcel, you could also be personally liable for prosecution.
Should your consignment fail an inspection or cause an incident during international air freight or delivery by sea, you can be given an unlimited fine, sentenced to 2 years in prison or subject to a combined fine and prison sentence dependant on the severity of your offence.
For transit by road, you will receive a fixed penalty if your consignment fails a safety spot check.
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