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Subject: Shipping question (not books related)
Date Posted: 5/3/2013 7:51 PM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2009
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I asked this elsewhere, and it was suggested that I ask this question on this forum, so here goes:

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 8:49 PM ET
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It is because perfume is flammable and a liquid.  You are limited, I think, to a certain amount/ounces.  You may also need to package it so that if the bottle breaks, the packaging absorbs all the liquid.  It has been a while since I last worked there.

I worked for the P.O. and have seen how someone sending something liquid and not packaging it well can cause damage to everyone else's parcels.  The worst was wine but I believe you can no longer mail wine. 

Date Posted: 5/3/2013 8:53 PM ET
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All you need to do to ship perfume is to send it parcel post (ground) and let the USPS know that you are sending perfume. https://www.usps.com/ship/can-you-ship-it.htm 

Or you could use UPS Ground.