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Subject: Non-PBS related USPS question
Date Posted: 2/17/2008 2:55 PM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2007
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This is a kind of out-there question, but for a mailing I have to do at work, I need to send butane lighters. (Don't ask...)  I know they can't go on a plane, and that I should use USPS Ground, but is there a special way I need to mark the package? And I can't find anything on the USPS website about what the rates would be for Ground, and how to ensure it WON'T go via air?

Thanks for your help in advance!

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 4:22 PM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2007
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try this which is mail preparation for flammable gases from the usps site. When you have questions like this the best source is http://pe.usps.com. That address takes you to all of the resources for mailing standards both domestic and foreign that are available to the public online. In this instance I went there then chose to search for "butane" with the only resource searched being the "Hazardous Materials" guidlines.

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 4:37 PM ET
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I am not a USPS expert. In fact, I make homemade soap. Why is this relevant? you ask. Well, many soapmakers add fragrances to the soap. Those fragrances (before they are put in soap) may be combustible at a certain temperature, and those that will combust at under 200 degrees Fahrenheit cannot be shipped by the post office AT ALL - they must go UPS ground.

I suspect the problem is that there's no way at the post office to absolutely exclude packages from getting on an airplane. UPS has a class of shipping that addresses that. To my knowledge, the USPS does not.

Here is some info from the USPS: http://www.usps.com/aviationsecurity/welcome.htm  http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/notices/not107.htm

Date Posted: 2/18/2008 1:22 PM ET
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Thank you for your help! Very useful.

Date Posted: 2/18/2008 1:52 PM ET
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LOL... when I read Mary J's post... I thought it said Homemade Soup maker... and I was wondering what was hazardous about shipping soup... and then I read it correctly.

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 12:30 PM ET
Member Since: 6/23/2005
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LOL - gotta watch out for those explosive beans, donchaknow!