I'm bumping and answering this old thread because I believe it may bear some relevance on what is currently happening with regard to shipping perfumes.
This sudden out~of~the~blue crackdown on shipping perfumes, may well indeed be to do with terrorist attempts to send liquid bombs disguised as fragrances in parcels. My message to "sensitive" basenotes members is, (this is not a conspiracy theory). It does make perfect sense that any attempts to send such bombs are going to be kept very quiet at government levels for fear of damaging the airline industry in these globally difficult times.
This thread, (many thanks Elf) really does make it look as if there have been earlier attemps to send such parcels, targeting US military bases worldwide.
Further attempts to get such parcels on aircraft would explain the sudden crackdown today and the hush~hush and lack of explination surrounding it.
The consequences of such a bomb going off mid~air do not bear thinking about, but I really hope there will be a viable solution to this huge problem which is now really affecting small businesses......and all of us.