What You Need to Know About Shipping Perfumes
Perfumes are personal and can send a message without using words. If you’re a romantic at heart and want to say “I love you, I miss you, I’m thinking of you” with a fragrance gift to a lover currently in another country, you’ll need to know how to ship it!
While you may be an expert at choosing the right fragrance for this special someone, you might not be as knowledgeable about the arduous process of packing a fragile item full of flammable liquid to get each cologne to its place on the store shelves. Let PackageHopper guide you through this process to ensure this lovely package reaches its destination—the neck or wrist of a loved one—in one piece.
Know the Dangers
Perfumes contain ethyl alcohol in different amounts, and since alcohol is highly flammable (which is one of the reasons it’s on top of our Restricted and Prohibited Items List), they are considered as what is known a Hazard Class 3. This means that perfumes have a lower flash point than other goods.
Flash point is the lowest temperature at which a certain substance can ignite and exposing a perfume to a temperature that is as low as 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius) can cause it to explode.
In addition, Hazard Classes have 3 sub-classes. Packing Groups (PG) that further denote the level of flammability. PG I means the goods are highly flammable, PG IIs are moderately flammable, and PG IIIs pose a minor danger.
Most perfumes are PG II and PG III, but even at lower risk, that does not mean poor packaging will suffice. With perfumes, there is almost no such thing as “too much protection”. You can use bubble wrap, cushioning material, and double box the perfume too—just in case. This will keep it protected not only from high temperatures, but from possible breakage and spilling too.
Provide Proper Item Descriptions
Every good you’re shipping needs to be described as accurately as possible and labeled appropriately. This helps the carriers place the items in a specific category and take the much-needed care of them on their way to their destination country.
With perfumes and colognes this step is especially important due to their high flammability and fragile bottles. We want the carrier to be able to take the proper precautions and care in handling your packages. So, take the time to accurately describe it in your paperwork.
There are three questions to answer when providing a good item description:
- What item are you shipping?
- What is it made of/what does it contain?
- What’s its use?
Tip: Don’t give vague, one-word answers.
Since perfumes are flammable and their bottles are at risk of breaking, it may be necessary to add a “Flammable Liquid” label and a “Fragile” label.
However, as PG II and PG III classes, any package containing perfume must have a Hazard Class 3 label on them and it has to be clearly visible.
Carrier Limitations and Safety Requirements
The good news is you can ship perfumes with our carriers, but there are a few things you must do before shipping this type of package.
Shipping a Perfume With UPS
Perfumes are considered dangerous goods, so you are obliged to follow the strict ADR (Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road) and IATA (International Air Transport Association) regulations. Make sure to read their Guide to Shipping Dangerous Goods Globally first.
You might be required to sign a contract with UPS about this particular shipment, but there is nothing to worry about as you can contact an account executive of theirs to help you with the compliance regulations.
Shipping a Perfume With FedEx
Just like with UPS, you can also contact a FedEx specialist to help you label and document the perfume that you plan on shipping. They have a very detailed guide on How to Ship Dangerous Goods with them and they always follow the current IATA and ADR regulations in order to offer their best services.
What About Restrictions and Safety Requirements?
Shipping perfume requires a TSA Clearance and validation of the shipping company’s knowledge on how to pack dangerous goods. Since you’ll be shipping with our trusted, well-established carriers, this is a no-worry task for our clients.
Another thing to take into consideration is the size and volume of the perfume. As perfumes are liquid, there are certain restrictions on how much you can ship at once and those restrictions vary from carrier to carrier and country to country. It’s best to discuss this with the provider’s specialist, especially if you plan on shipping in bulks.
When it comes to safety requirements, both our carriers have very similar suggestions, a summarization:
- Keep the well-sealed bottle in its original box and then place it in a bigger one.
- Sturdy boxes and stuffing material must be used with this type of goods. This is your best way to minimize the rigors of transportation.
- If possible, use waterproof containers with sealable lids and then wrap the bottle with padded material.
- If you’re shipping more than one bottle, you must make sure to use insulation and inner packaging (smaller boxes, zip-lock bags, etc.). Only then place the perfumes in the final, outer box and add more cushioning material it to prevent the boxes inside from moving.
Now that you know that with PackageHopper, it isn’t hard to ship perfumes, which fragrance will you be shipping first and where to?
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