Are you posting safely?

To comply with transport legislation, to protect the health, safety and well being of our employees and customers, and ensure that mail in transport does not present a danger to the general public, Jersey Post Group restricts or prohibits certain items from its network. 

‘Dangerous goods’ are articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment. Existing regulations prohibit sending nearly all dangerous goods in the mail. Prohibited items (such as explosives and corrosive liquids) must never be sent in the post. Please refer to this guide and the relevant terms and conditions before packaging or posting any items to ensure you meet minimum safety requirements.

Classes of dangerous and restricted goods

There are nine classes of dangerous and restricted goods. Remember that the ICAO Technical Instructions prohibit nearly all dangerous goods from being transported in the mail.

CLASS EXAMPLES EXAMPLE LABELS
Explosives Fireworks, sparklers, flares & ammunition
Gases Aerosols (e.g. air fresheners), camping gas cylinders, cigarette lighters, butane refills in hair straighteners
Flammable Liquids Cigarette lighters, perfumes, alcoholic beverages with high alcohol content (>24% ABV), nail varnish remover, fuel in any car parts or used garden machiner(e.g. chainsaw with petrol)
Flammable solids substances liable to spontaneous combustion; substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases Matches, firelighters, ‘Chinese lanterns’ containing solid fuel
Oxidising substances & organic peroxides Bleach, car repair kit hardener
Toxic & infectious substances Pesticides, weedkillers, poisons
Radioactive material Smoke alarms, luminous dials
Corrosive material Battery acid, drain cleaner, mercury (for example in a barometer)
Misc. substances and articles Lithium batteries, lead acid batteries (for example car batteries), batteries for golf buggies, motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters

Did you know that nail varnish, perfume and aftershave, some prescription medication, vehicle parts and some household goods and instruments, may be considered as restricted or dangerous under new legislation? Please see below for a detailed list of examples.


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‘Dangerous goods’ are articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment. Existing regulations prohibit sending nearly all dangerous goods in the mail. Prohibited items (such as explosives and corrosive liquids) must never be sent in the post. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Department for Transport (DfT) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) have agreed new rules with Jersey Post Group for sending small quantities of specific consumer items in the mail. The change means that customers will be able to post toiletry and medicinal aerosols, nail varnishes, perfumes and aftershaves to UK addresses. They also mean customers can continue to post alcohol up to 70 per cent ABV and electronic items sent with or containing lithium batteries within the UK. The updated set of rules will limit the risk posed by those items when sent in the post. Customers posting such items will need to comply with volume, quantity, packaging and labelling requirements.

Please refer to the full PDF guide on dangerous goods and the relevant terms and conditions before packaging or posting any items to ensure you meet minimum safety requirements. Please note that specific country restrictions may also apply which you should check before posting any item outside the UK, IOM or other Channel Islands. It is your responsibility to check the list of prohibited and restricted items and any applicable packaging, volume, quantity and labelling requirements that apply prior to posting any item. This list of prohibited and restricted items reflects our general terms and conditions.

European regulations require a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to be provided for many products, either before or at the time of first delivery. Section 14 of the EU format SDS indicates that a product is classified as dangerous goods by the presence of a four digit ‘UN’ number. Unless specifically permitted (as shown in the A-Z list) dangerous goods are forbidden in mail.

Some everyday household items bear consumer warning markings which may or may not indicate they are classified as dangerous goods. Products bearing the following consumer warning markings ARE classified as dangerous goods:

Note: A product bearing the corrosive marking (depicted far right above) is NOT classified as dangerous goods if the signal word and hazard statement ‘Danger - causes serious eye damage’ applies. Unless specifically permitted (as shown in the A-Z list) dangerous goods are forbidden in mail.

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