Like USPS, UPS also considers common items like nail polish, perfume, and hair spray hazardous materials, and requires special procedures when shipping them.

It's important to familiarize yourself with the UPS Guide for Transporting Hazardous Materials when shipping anything UPS considers 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 3 Day Select®, 2nd Day Air®, and Next Day Air®. This means UPS 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 UPS, you’ll need to abide by the following guidelines:

First, select the "Hazardous Materials" checkbox located underneath the Extra Services menu when creating your label. This will automatically limit you to ground service: either UPS Ground, or Parcel Select Ground with USPS.

Here's how that looks:

Next, place a "limited quantity" sticker on the label side of your package. You can buy them here.

Common hazardous materials

  • Aerosols, like hair spray

  • Cleaning agents and solvents

  • Cigarette lighter fluid

  • Compressed oxygen

  • Fuels

  • Lithium ion batteries (if not installed within the device they power)

  • Inks

  • Matches

  • Paint

  • Perfumes/colognes

  • Nail polish

You can't send any of these items internationally

Since UPS only allows you to ship these items via domestic Ground service, you can't send any of them to international destinations. That includes Canada and Mexico 😅

Prohibited items

There are some items and articles that UPS doesn't allow you to ship at all, no matter what. Find out if UPS prohibits the shipment of your items.

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