Shipping packages is generally a simple process. Most materials can be shipped easily without restrictions or limitations. There are certain types of materials, however, that are considered to be hazardous and may not be safe to ship over long distances. There are also specific materials that cannot be shipped internationally without acquiring certain permits or licenses. Your carrier can offer a variety of ways to ship certain items that are safer and in compliance with state and federal guidelines.
Top 5 Hazardous Materials
There are several hazardous materials that you should never try to ship. They include:
- Lithium batteries
- Alcoholic beverages
- Explosives (this includes fireworks)
Hazardous materials cannot only indicate a health hazard, but when it comes to explosives and ammunition, they can be extremely dangerous as well. Under the right circumstances, batteries and certain types of explosives may explode while they are being transported resulting in both property damage and injuries.
Other Restricted Materials
Other restricted materials that will cause a package to be turned away include:
- Nail polish
Shipping restricted materials can result in a fine if you do not disclose them prior to shipping. Most shipping facilities have a list of restricted items and materials on display so you can easily identify them before proceeding to the counter.
If you ship packages on a regular basis for business or personal reasons, it’s essential that you know what items and materials are restricted and what is not. If you have any questions, the shipping clerk at your carrier can help you identify potential items and can give you instructions on how to ship them separately.