Common items like nail polish, perfume, and hair spray are considered hazardous material, and require special procedures when shipping them.

Shipping Hazardous Materials with USPS®

It's important to read all the USPS rules about Hazardous Materials when shipping anything considered dangerous. You are liable for any failure to follow the rules. 

For common, less-hazardous items like perfume or hand sanitizer, you're simply not allowed to use air-based services like First Class Package, Priority Mail, and Priority Mail Express. This means Parcel Select Ground is your only option. You also need to follow a few steps, explained below.

How to ship hazardous materials

If you want to ship hazardous materials with USPS, you’ll need to abide by the following guidelines:

  • Choose Parcel Select Ground as your service

  • Place a "limited quantity" sticker on the label side of your package. You can buy them here

  • Select the "Hazardous Materials" checkbox in the Extra Services menu when creating your label, as seen here:

Common hazardous materials

  • Aerosols, like hair spray

  • Cleaning agents and solvents

  • Cigarette lighter fluid

  • Compressed oxygen

  • Fuels

  • Lithium ion batteries

  • Inks

  • Matches

  • Nail polish

  • Paint

  • Perfumes/colognes

  • Pre-owned or damaged electronics with lithium ion batteries

Rules for shipping electronic devices containing lithium ion batteries

Brand new electronics with unopened manufacturer’s packaging that contain lithium ion batteries inside can be shipped via any USPS service… but if you’re shipping a used, damaged, or defective electronic device with a lithium ion battery (such as a phone, tablet, laptop, camera, power tool, etc.), you’ll need to follow these guidelines:

  • You may only use the Parcel Select Ground shipping service, as electronics with used or damaged lithium ion batteries cannot be transported via air.

  • If you’re shipping multiple items, separate the lithium ion batteries or electronics containing lithium ion batteries into a different package.

  • Label the package with: “Restricted Electronic Device – Surface Transportation Only.”

Shipments containing pre-owned or damaged electronics devices that contain lithium ion batteries are prohibited from being shipped internationally or to military addresses and certain parts of the United States where USPS doesn’t have ground transportation available.

Prohibited items

There are some products that you’re not able to ship with USPS at all, no matter what. Find out if USPS prohibits the shipment of your items.

Shipping Hazardous Materials with UPS®

Unfortunately, UPS doesn't allow for hazmat shipments on Pirate Ship. So, you'll need to use USPS Parcel Select Ground if you're shipping any items that contain hazardous materials!

Shipping Hazardous Materials Internationally

You can't create any labels for international shipments containing hazardous materials on Pirate Ship.

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