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Subject: Shipping question (not book related)
Date Posted: 5/3/2013 5:29 PM ET
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The post office now asks if packages contain "lithium batteries or perfume".   So, I'm wondering if you DO ship perfume, what needs to be done to accommodate the shipping of it?  Is there a special form that needs to be filled out or something?  In previous years, I understood that perfume could be mailed by ground/parcel post, not by Priority Mail, since flammable, but I was never asked whether I was mailing perfume back then.  Was thinking about mailing perfume to my mom, but don't know if there's special hoops you need to jump through now or what.  Anyone know?

Date Posted: 5/3/2013 5:41 PM ET
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Per postings in eBay forums, you can mail perfume via Parcel Post as it goes by truck not by air, BUT, you do need to declare it.  You might want to post this question in the US Postal Regulations forum discussion...

ETA: I mean the one here in PBS -   :^]

Last Edited on: 5/3/13 5:42 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/3/2013 7:34 PM ET
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Unlike FedEx and UPS, the USPS doesn't have its own air fleet. (Thank God; imagine how much postage would be with an aging fleet of jets for the USPS to maintain.) I've been told that the increasingly complex "what-can-be-shipped" list is more an issue of what the commercial air carriers will allow on their planes. As I understand it, there isn't a complete restriction on shipping perfume with alcohol in it, just the shipping method, the quantity and volume. Essentially (pun intended), if you want it there quickly and/or there's more than one bottle (like a gift set) and/or there's more than a certain volume of it (not sure on how much), you'll need  to send it via a private carrier.

I agree with Anna's idea of cross-posting this question over in the USPS Postal Regulations forum...

{Caveat: I am not a USPS employee and do not ship anything that is currently restricted, so I am certainly no expert.}

Last Edited on: 5/3/13 7:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 3