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  1. #61

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    I was advised by 2 different post offices that frags could be shipped ground but not by air(priority).

  2. #62

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    @ Paul P - UPS have their own cargo planes, I think. Maybe others do too.

    If u buy from overseas, definitely best to check the carrier at present - some independent ones have 'hazardous goods' licences so can ship using own transport from start to finish. Generally, only large businesses will be using these as the price for 'contract' customers is reasonable, but not for private ones. Just because someone in the U.K. is an internet business doesn't mean they have sorted this out right now as we were given no notice.

    Sorry, don't know your regs - someone else may?

    Some larger U.K. sellers, such as Ormond Jayne, have already made arrangements.

    Sorry not to be more helpful - situation is still developing.

  3. #63

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    Quote Originally Posted by dampier View Post
    In accordance with international aviation regulations, the U.S. Postal Service will commence a public information campaign on Mar. 1 to remind postal customers that shipments of perfume and other alcohol-based cosmetics are hazardous and cannot be shipped through the U.S. mail.
    Quote Originally Posted by david View Post
    It is a TOTAL, (worldwide) ban and includes LAND and SEA shipping. ALL METHODS OF SHIPMENT.
    The enforcement came from the UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION, not as some people think the Civil Aviation Authorities. This is not about perfumes/alcohol being carried on planes ~ it is about all forms of shipping perfumes/alcohol. The ban also includes lithium batteries and, (of all things!) nail varnish ???????..............
    This planet has become pathetic.
    The thread's title and people's interpretation seems to be off. Barclaydetolly's long post was more helpful. March first is just their information campaign, says nothing about enforcement. If they're going to be enforcing rules as strictly as they are right now, we'll all be fine.

    As to anyone believing it is illegal for USPS to open your package, that's also mistaken. Postal inspectors are authorized to open mail with on a warrant issued with a finding of probable cause.

    https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/contactUs/faq.aspx

    As for what constitutes probable cause is a more ambiguous matter.

  4. #64

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul P View Post
    David,

    thanks for all your posts on this topic. I'd be keen to read some more on this. Can you provide actual URL's for the Universal Postal Union where this is discussed ? I've tried looking at their website, but can't find anything.

    Thanks
    Hi Paul,
    I got all of my information via the UK press office of the Civil Aviation Authorities. I phoned the press office, (you can google to find their number ~ or alternatively write to them) The guy I spoke to was very helpful and extremely knowledgable. He explained to me that this regulation has come from the UPU. He also told me that the International Civil Aviation Authorities do not like the regulation, ( I am assuming because aircraft make a lot of revenue from transporting packages) and that the UK postal service, (Royal Mail) are fighting the regulation for the same reason. The Royal Mail want the alcohol limit, currently at 24 percent, lifted, (obviously to be able to ship perfume).
    I really hope everyone investgates this issue and I think as many members as possible should contact the press on all levels including newspapers, radio and television.
    The Universal Postal Union has deliberately kept this very quiet...so as not to create a fuss.
    .....that's probably the reason you are not finding any direct information there.
    Holiday accommodation, (central apartments in Berlin and south of France) offered in exchange for fragrances. Please pm me.

  5. #65

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    Totally agree - one of me contacting the press didn't really help!

  6. #66

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    @ Paul P - UPS have their own cargo planes, I think. Maybe others do too.

    If u buy from overseas, definitely best to check the carrier at present - some independent ones have 'hazardous goods' licences so can ship using own transport from start to finish. Generally, only large businesses will be using these as the price for 'contract' customers is reasonable, but not for private ones. Just because someone in the U.K. is an internet business doesn't mean they have sorted this out right now as we were given no notice.

    Sorry, don't know your regs - someone else may?

    Some larger U.K. sellers, such as Ormond Jayne, have already made arrangements.

    Sorry not to be more helpful - situation is still developing.

    Hey Lyn,

    thanks for that. Must be pretty late in the UK now.

    You are absolutely correct - I never would have imagined it, but UPS do have their own planes - UPS airlines - and after reading your post, I did a little research, and Fedex has their own fleet as well. So why are Fedex and USP not worried about shipping perfume ? Probably because they're sensible.

    Honestly, this whole situation represents safety measures taken to ridiculous extremes - who ever heard of a plane exploding because of cologne ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by david View Post
    Hi Paul,
    I got all of my information via the UK press office of the Civil Aviation Authorities. I phoned the press office, (you can google to find their number ~ or alternatively write to them) The guy I spoke to was very helpful and extremely knowledgable. He explained to me that this regulation has come from the UPU. He also told me that the International Civil Aviation Authorities do not like the regulation, ( I am assuming because aircraft make a lot of revenue from transporting packages) and that the UK postal service, (Royal Mail) are fighting the regulation for the same reason. The Royal Mail want the alcohol limit, currently at 24 percent, lifted, (obviously to be able to ship perfume).
    I really hope everyone investgates this issue and I think as many members as possible should contact the press on all levels including newspapers, radio and television.
    The Universal Postal Union has deliberately kept this very quiet...so as not to create a fuss.
    .....that's probably the reason you are not finding any direct information there.
    David,

    many thanks for getting back to me - appreciate your time. Let's hope this all gets sorted out in our favour soon.

    As an aside, how much would UPS or Fedex charge to ship one bottle of cologne ? $100 AUD ??
    Last edited by Paul P; 20th February 2013 at 12:36 AM.

  7. #67

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    Paul,
    Nobody - see stats earlier!
    http://planecrashinfo.com/cause.htm

    At present, shippers with 'hazardous goods' licences are o.k. as they've paid to train their staff to comply with the new regs.
    Unfortunately, they are few, hopefully others will follow.
    Yes, it's late, but I'm nocturnal

    Did a UPS quote about 50 miles, U.K., the other day & it was about Ł85 hazardous goods, private client.
    Contract clients way cheaper.
    Last edited by lpp; 20th February 2013 at 12:44 AM.

  8. #68

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul P View Post
    I apologise if my post on this sounds confused - it is because I myself am confused. I use Australia as an example, but what I write could be applied to all countries.

    If we assume that these measures will now be rigorously enforced, then as a private buyer, I cannot buy any fragrances from overseas, unless they are shipped by a private company like UPS or Fedex ? Is this correct ?

    I can still buy fragrances from sellers in Australia, as long as they adhere to the Australia Post policy for dangerous goods, which AFAICT, simply means transport by land only ?

    But Fedex and UPS don't have their own airlines, or their own shipping company - they must ship their fragrances on the same planes etc. that USPS / Royal Mail uses - is this right ? If so, then why can UPS / Fedex use this system and not USPS /Royal Mail etc.? Do UPS and others have special boxes that they use ? Do they wrap their fragrances in fire retardant blankets ? If so, why can't the government postal services also adopt these methods ?

    As an aside, I found this on eBay Australia, which was updated in Jan 2013.

    http://reviews.ebay.com.au/Perfumes-...00000001392191
    Paul, I think this has a lot to do with terrorists trying to send liquid bombs disguised as fragrances through the various shipping systems. Certainly the authorities cannot cope with controlling the multitude of parcels being sent, so their solution is to shift the whole thing to private sector specialist services that will control every single parcel that goes through their hands. I must add here that this is my individual theory. I have no definite evidence regarding WHY these enforcements have been put in place.
    Holiday accommodation, (central apartments in Berlin and south of France) offered in exchange for fragrances. Please pm me.

  9. #69

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    Paul,
    Nobody - see stats earlier!
    http://planecrashinfo.com/cause.htm

    At present, shippers with 'hazardous goods' licences are o.k. as they've paid to train their staff to comply with the new regs.
    Unfortunately, they are few, hopefully others will follow.
    Yes, it's late, but I'm nocturnal

    Did a UPS quote about 50 miles, U.K., the other day & it was about Ł85 hazardous goods, private client.
    Contract clients way cheaper.
    thanks for that Lyn.

    I just did a mock calculation on UPS - from LA to Sydney, 1 pound weight, 10 x 10 x 5 inches size, $100 USD value - estimate is about $145 USD !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by david View Post
    Paul, I think this has a lot to do with terrorists trying to send liquid bombs disguised as fragrances through the various shipping systems. Certainly the authorities cannot cope with controlling the multitude of parcels being sent, so their solution is to shift the whole thing to private sector specialist services that will control every single parcel that goes through their hands. I must add here that this is my individual theory. I have no definite evidence regarding WHY these enforcements have been put in place.
    David, it does sound like a plausible theory to me. But really, who knows ?

  10. #70

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    Shipping perfumes from the US to Canada is now a problem as ground shipments are no longer allowed. As everything is now by air any "used cosmetics" or other similar labels are now being met with specific questions from the postal clerks.

  11. #71

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    That's the govt for ya. Too many regulations..who knows what's next, lol, maybe they will be like the TSA. Lol, post office workers seem to be on break ALL the time at my p.o. Lol, a while back..there's this super long line that goes out the door. What do they do? All of them go to IHOP for bfast, no joke..the whole office leaves, everyone in the back and front leave, except for one lone person in front, who is, of course, slow. I was like, really? What job allows everyone to go to IHOP? Like didn't you just start your shift? lol. I was thinking, where are they going for lunch? Chilis? Does anyone ever work here? LOL. I come out and one of the ladies going to IHOP comes out dancing like Elaine from Seinfield, saying, "Goin to IHOP, ya!". I am like..um..I am sure everyone left in that long line is happy for ya. There's only one person usually cause someone is on break..or sometimes the whole office, lol. Oh, and they don't close till 5..but they lock the doors at 4:30? So, IHOP, plus breaks, lunch, early close..not a bad job! lol.
    "One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." Proverbs.

  12. #72

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    That's the govt for ya. Too many regulations..who knows what's next, lol, maybe they will be like the TSA. Lol, post office workers seem to be on break ALL the time at my p.o. Lol, a while back..there's this super long line that goes out the door. What do they do? All of them go to IHOP for bfast, no joke..the whole office leaves, everyone in the back and front leave, except for one lone person in front, who is, of course, slow. I was like, really? What job allows everyone to go to IHOP? Like didn't you just start your shift? lol. I was thinking, where are they going for lunch? Chilis? Does anyone ever work here? LOL. I come out and one of the ladies going to IHOP comes out dancing like Elaine from Seinfield, saying, "Goin to IHOP, ya!". I am like..um..I am sure everyone left in that long line is happy for ya. There's only one person usually cause someone is on break..or sometimes the whole office, lol. Oh, and they don't close till 5..but they lock the doors at 4:30? So, IHOP, plus breaks, lunch, early close..not a bad job! lol.
    Can't blame them for being excited about IHOP. Seriously
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    2. Epic Man
    3. Noir de Noir
    4. Tonka Imperiale
    5. Musc Ravageur
    6. Bois d'argent
    7. Apple Brandy
    8. Dior Homme Intense
    9. Tobacco Vanille
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  13. #73

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    That's the govt for ya. Too many regulations..who knows what's next, lol, maybe they will be like the TSA. Lol, post office workers seem to be on break ALL the time at my p.o. Lol, a while back..there's this super long line that goes out the door. What do they do? All of them go to IHOP for bfast, no joke..the whole office leaves, everyone in the back and front leave, except for one lone person in front, who is, of course, slow. I was like, really? What job allows everyone to go to IHOP? Like didn't you just start your shift? lol. I was thinking, where are they going for lunch? Chilis? Does anyone ever work here? LOL. I come out and one of the ladies going to IHOP comes out dancing like Elaine from Seinfield, saying, "Goin to IHOP, ya!". I am like..um..I am sure everyone left in that long line is happy for ya. There's only one person usually cause someone is on break..or sometimes the whole office, lol. Oh, and they don't close till 5..but they lock the doors at 4:30? So, IHOP, plus breaks, lunch, early close..not a bad job! lol.
    Each person will of course have different stories / experiences - my personal experience with Australia Post has been great - over more than 30 years I've had to deal with them. And I could not fault any of them - the mailmen, the package delivery guys, the staff in dozens and dozens of post offices I've dealt with. Can't fault any of them. never lost a letter or package, staff generally helpful. Really, all great.

    From me - big up for the guys and gals at Australia Post.

  14. #74

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    By law they can't open your package and if they do it better be for a really good reason otherwise that $100 bottle of fragrance is going to turn into a $100,000 lawsuit.
    Which law is this? The reason why I ask, is because when I shipped textbooks via USPS Media Mail, the USPS employee would regularly tell me that they randomly open Media Mail shipments to ensure they're truly textbooks (and not some other item trying to pass through with the cheaper Media Mail rate). Various USPS employees would routinely tell me this when accepting Media Mail packages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by null set View Post
    As to anyone believing it is illegal for USPS to open your package, that's also mistaken. Postal inspectors are authorized to open mail with on a warrant issued with a finding of probable cause.

    https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/contactUs/faq.aspx

    As for what constitutes probable cause is a more ambiguous matter.
    Yep, exactly my experience when I used to ship textbooks via USPS Media Mail.
    Last edited by CaliDude; 20th February 2013 at 03:18 AM.

  15. #75

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliDude View Post
    Which law is this? The reason why I ask, is because when I shipped textbooks via USPS Media Mail, the USPS employee would regularly tell me that they randomly open Media Mail shipments to ensure they're truly textbooks (and not some other item trying to pass through with the cheaper Media Mail rate). Various USPS employees would routinely tell me this when accepting Media Mail packages.
    It's the 4th amendment and the USPS is a government agency so they have to follow those laws. Who's to say that box they think is a fragrance isn't a letter with sensitive information such as SS#, birth dates, Credit card information, or things of a private nature. Now imagine having to explain to a lawyer how one of your employees used this information to buy pizza's for everyone at lunch. Same reason you never send cash in the mail.

  16. #76

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    what????? does this mean i wont be able to order my samples anymore???!!!??!?!?!

  17. #77

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    It's the 4th amendment and the USPS is a government agency so they have to follow those laws. Who's to say that box they think is a fragrance isn't a letter with sensitive information such as SS#, birth dates, Credit card information, or things of a private nature. Now imagine having to explain to a lawyer how one of your employees used this information to buy pizza's for everyone at lunch. Same reason you never send cash in the mail.
    I understand, but USPS employees have regularly told me that, per standard practice, they may open Media Mail packages to ensure the contents abide by the Media Male packaging rules (e.g. must be a text book). So not sure how they're able to skirt around the 4th amendment. If they do it for Media Mail, I'm sure they have some rule out there that will allow them to open other types of packages.

  18. #78

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliDude View Post
    I understand, but USPS employees have regularly told me that, per standard practice, they may open Media Mail packages to ensure the contents abide by the Media Male packaging rules (e.g. must be a text book). So not sure how they're able to skirt around the 4th amendment. If they do it for Media Mail, I'm sure they have some rule out there that will allow them to open other types of packages.
    With Media Mail they can, they've actually opened at least one of my packages. Not sure about other types of mail, but because media mail is so specific with what you can send (and will save you a lot of money if it's heavy books that you're sending), USPS probably expects abuse.

  19. #79

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCBoomBoom View Post
    With Media Mail they can, they've actually opened at least one of my packages. Not sure about other types of mail, but because media mail is so specific with what you can send (and will save you a lot of money if it's heavy books that you're sending), USPS probably expects abuse.
    Yep that's it. It's because media mail specifies what kind of mail it is.

  20. #80

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grungevig View Post
    The most interesting situation to me is the ability (at present) to purchase postage online, including for flat-rate priority mail. This option altogether eliminates the need to visit the post office, talk to a clerk even a mail carrier, or answer any questions about the package's contents.
    ***Finally starts using Stamps dot com***

  21. #81

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuigi View Post
    Shipping perfumes from the US to Canada is now a problem as ground shipments are no longer allowed. As everything is now by air any "used cosmetics" or other similar labels are now being met with specific questions from the postal clerks.
    Thanks for that!

  22. #82

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    Clearly, if leakage was a big problem, instead of banning the shipping of perfumes, why not just make a requirement that special zip lock bags be used that would contain any leak?

    Shouldn't be that difficult. When I look at Ebay they have bags that you put your cameras in, so that you can shoot underwater.
    Cheers,
    Renato

  23. #83

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliDude View Post
    I understand, but USPS employees have regularly told me that, per standard practice, they may open Media Mail packages to ensure the contents abide by the Media Male packaging rules (e.g. must be a text book). So not sure how they're able to skirt around the 4th amendment. If they do it for Media Mail, I'm sure they have some rule out there that will allow them to open other types of packages.
    I hate to rain on anyone's parade, but here is some information about the status in the United States. I'm not offering legal advice, but just saying you should realize a few things. None of this applies internationally, and I don't presume to know any of those rules.

    Without going into specifics (you could write a very lengthy law review article on the subject), suffice to say:

    1. Postal inspectors can open any piece of mail, media or not, upon probable cause without a warrant, if they believe that it contains a hazardous substance. And believe it or not there was a presidential directive a few years ago that indicated the feds believe even probable cause is unnecessary, and only reasonable suspicion or less may be required. If you think that's illegal, you're probably right -- but do you want to be the one to have to spend thousands of dollars to prove it, when the government has a very large team of lawyers who would be glad to argue that it's perfectly legal?

    2. As a matter of federal criminal law, Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 1716, provides that knowingly mailing a hazardous substance in violation of postal restrictions (which you are presumed to know) is a crime. And one of the restrictions is that you can't ship perfume by any means other than surface transportation. If a postal inspector decided to open a priority package you've sent, and if it contains perfume, will they prosecute you? Maybe the chance is one in a million, or one in ten million. But again, do you want to take that chance?

    3. Not giving legal advice here, just making sure everybody realizes the facts.
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    2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
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    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    I hate to rain on anyone's parade, but here is some information about the status in the United States. I'm not offering legal advice, but just saying you should realize a few things. None of this applies internationally, and I don't presume to know any of those rules.

    Without going into specifics (you could write a very lengthy law review article on the subject), suffice to say
    Thanks barclaydetolly. I agree. It has always been my understanding & experience that USPS can, pretty much, freely open up any package they want as long as they have suspicions.

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    2013 Universal Postal Union rules and regs can be found in this publication:

    http://www.upu.int/en/activities/par...st-manual.html
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  26. #86

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    Mailed out over 10 packages (fragrances) today and was asked the usual questions and as usual replied no.

  27. #87

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    Quote Originally Posted by juanderer View Post
    But, unless I've missed something, the regulation is not new.
    I think you may be right, but USPS Publication 52, which contains revised guidelines for mailing restricted materials, was published in December 2012.
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    2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    Mailed out over 10 packages (fragrances) today and was asked the usual questions and as usual replied no.
    So if any planes go down over the US in the coming day(s), we'll know who to blame?

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    Just had a letter saying I have breached sending regulations on hazardous materials. They very generously said they would take no action this time but have "disposed of the package accordingly" Thank you Royal fucking Mail, why couldn't'you have just sent my package back to me by land seeing as it hadn't even left the country? BAstards!,,
    Hard work never killed anyone, but why risk it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCBoomBoom View Post
    So if any planes go down over the US in the coming day(s), we'll know who to blame?
    You ever seen the movie Castaway with Tom Hanks? Yep, that was my doing. Knew I should have used bubblewrap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juanderer View Post
    But, unless I've missed something, the regulation is not new.
    It's not new it's just being reiterated.

  31. #91

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    I always post stuff via postal machines/kiosks. On the "description of contents" label I put "GLASSWARE". Well it IS a glass bottle, isn't it? I just forget to mention what's inside it.


  32. #92

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    Mailed out over 10 packages (fragrances) today and was asked the usual questions and as usual replied no.
    I did the same with three packages today. Well packed and all ground. Best I can do. I plan to ship another tomorrow.

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    I'm not sure, but it looks like perfume low hazard, but you can mail it in small quantities if it is packaged, labled, and shipped correctly.

    http://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52apxa.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by indianwells View Post
    Just had a letter saying I have breached sending regulations on hazardous materials. They very generously said they would take no action this time but have "disposed of the package accordingly" Thank you Royal fucking Mail, why couldn't'you have just sent my package back to me by land seeing as it hadn't even left the country? BAstards!,,
    Did you state what was inside it???

    I am not sure about doing decant swaps and so on right now for fear of having parcels and contents destroyed like this. I would rather use an alternative courier if there is one available in the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_B. View Post
    I'm not sure, but it looks like perfume low hazard, but you can mail it in small quantities if it is packaged, labled, and shipped correctly.

    http://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52apxa.htm

    If you tell the truth:

    Through USPS. Domestic Ground is ok if properly labelled, etc.; Domestic Air is prohibited. International is prohibited.

    Private carriers will ship Domestic Ground, Domestic Air, and International. Rates may be startling.


    If you lie or deceive through omission:

    Any carrier might be willing to accept your package as non-hazmat, sort it as non-hazmat, and ship it as non-hazmat, at non-hazmat prices. Will it get to its desination? Does any insurance become null/void if it is carried as non-hazmat but determined to have been mis-labelled by the mailer?
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    @indianwells Sorry, sympathise 4 all the help that is.
    Despite the fact they forgot to tell us in a way that we might notice, they want 2 make sure it doesn't keep happening

  37. #97

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian_Towers View Post
    What if a package containing perfume breaks because of bad treatment and spills all over other customers stuff...
    BAN PERFUME, IS DANGEROUS!
    Please don't read any righteous indignation into this...
    Yes, at the international level it is considered a hazardous material / dangerous good. It is a flammable liquid, mostly ethanol, with a flashpoint around 70F. If it is not handled properly (visual labelling, positioning in the cargo hold, etc.) then it may help make a bad situation worse where fire is involved during transport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbe View Post
    With all the disasters fragrance sent via US mail has caused* no wonder!

    *Google search using "fragrance US mail fire explosion" or "alcohol US mail fire explosion" or "perfume US mail fire explosion" or "cologne US mail fire explosion = 0 of any relevance

    Does anyone have a documented incident to share?
    http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/?page_id=3259 offers up some news stories related to air cargo plane accidents.

    A few of these fires were presumably started by lithium batteries (geez, you think they have anything to do with the new/modified rules regarding lithium batteries?)... yet when the subject is perfume it really does not matter what ignites a fire, the point is that fires that break out in cargo holds will only be more trouble if unlabelled flammable materials are on board as well.

    If perfume is not properly labelled, it will be sorted and cargo'd in a position as if it were non-hazardous. It will not show up as hazardous materials on any manifests. If a plane should go down because of a cargo fire, perhaps the first responders in the plane might be witness to perfume and other flammable liquids unmarked as flammable accelerating the fire, but the crash investigators and the carrier may be in the dark and not be in a good position to provide useful feedback that might be helpful in preventing recurrence in other flights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indianwells View Post
    Just had a letter saying I have breached sending regulations on hazardous materials. They very generously said they would take no action this time but have "disposed of the package accordingly" Thank you Royal fucking Mail, why couldn't'you have just sent my package back to me by land seeing as it hadn't even left the country? BAstards!,,
    lt's reports like these that are really worrying.

    indianwells, was your package destined for overseas or a UK address?
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    Nobody minds labelling the stuff. I don't mind putting any amount of hazmat stickers on things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    lt's reports like these that are really worrying.

    indianwells, was your package destined for overseas or a UK address?
    Hi teardrop, yes, it was for Austria. It hadn't left the UK though so they could have simply sent it back to me instead of destroying it. That's what really annoyed me. I wasn't asked in the post office what was in the package, I guess the staff are still coming up to speed. What really irritated me was in the letter they said "we will take no action on this occasion"!! Am I supposed to be bloody grateful?? As I said before, BASTARDS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by indianwells View Post
    Hi teardrop, yes, it was for Austria. It hadn't left the UK though so they could have simply sent it back to me instead of destroying it. That's what really annoyed me. I wasn't asked in the post office what was in the package, I guess the staff are still coming up to speed. What really irritated me was in the letter they said "we will take no action on this occasion"!! Am I supposed to be bloody grateful?? As I said before, BASTARDS!
    Thanks for the clarification, & you have my sympathy; l would be enraged by this, too! An absolutely disgraceful way to treat a customer. You would think that, at least until the message has got through to the general public, they would at least return the item to you with an explanation of the new rules. But to my knowledge there has been no publicity whatsoever about all this. The word "omnishambles" was surely invented to describe the Royal Mail. Perhaps it would indeed be better if they were sold off.
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    I think that there should be separate threads for different countries. This thread originally was talking about the US postal service, but now it's morphed into a general discussion of postal regulations worldwide. The problem is that there are different rules in different countries, and I'm sure all of us around the world will have different experiences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    I think that there should be separate threads for different countries. This thread originally was talking about the US postal service, but now it's morphed into a general discussion of postal regulations worldwide. The problem is that there are different rules in different countries, and I'm sure all of us around the world will have different experiences.
    I agree Barclay. I will hold my hands up and apologies for me taking it off topic! I had just come back from a lengthy session in a bar in terminal 5 at Heathrow and was rather pissed off at the letter I had got that morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post

    3. Retail perfumes are consumer goods that do indeed qualify as ORM-D, making them shippable by "surface transportation" to a domestic destination. Again, I've done the work for you. Scroll down to "perfumery products" and you find that while they are prohibited by air, there's a code showing that, if properly marked, they're shippable by ground:

    http://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52apxa.htm

    For more information on ORM-D, you can consult the handy wikipedia entry, which even includes pictures of the designation:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ORM-D

    Not trying to be critical, but seriously, there's a lot of bad information.
    I contacted the local postmaster's office to get additional insight on this and learned why I had a problem shipping while this regulation would seem to give me a pass if I shipped by ground.

    The distinction i got was that I am not a professional dealer shipping products suitable for retail sale. The ORM-D exception carries an important provision. The item must qualify as a consumer commodity, which means:

    "Consumer commodity is a hazardous material that is packaged and distributed in a quantity and form intended or suitable for retail sale and designed for consumption by individuals for their personal care or household use purposes. This term can also include certain drugs or medicines."

    The key word is "packaged." Decants do not pass the test evidently. They are not factory sealed in a retail box and that is why they were stopped. The sole discretion is granted to the postal clerk accepting packages handed to them. There is a ridiculous appeals process you and I cannot really engage in.

    I think you are on the right track specifying ground shipment, but that excludes Priority Mail and may still be rejected on a whim. Remember, what is right seems to be open to interpretation by the person who either accepts your parcel for mailing or hands it back to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dampier View Post
    I contacted the local postmaster's office to get additional insight on this and learned why I had a problem shipping while this regulation would seem to give me a pass if I shipped by ground.

    The distinction i got was that I am not a professional dealer shipping products suitable for retail sale. The ORM-D exception carries an important provision. The item must qualify as a consumer commodity, which means:

    "Consumer commodity is a hazardous material that is packaged and distributed in a quantity and form intended or suitable for retail sale and designed for consumption by individuals for their personal care or household use purposes. This term can also include certain drugs or medicines."

    The key word is "packaged." Decants do not pass the test evidently. They are not factory sealed in a retail box and that is why they were stopped. The sole discretion is granted to the postal clerk accepting packages handed to them. There is a ridiculous appeals process you and I cannot really engage in.

    I think you are on the right track specifying ground shipment, but that excludes Priority Mail and may still be rejected on a whim. Remember, what is right seems to be open to interpretation by the person who either accepts your parcel for mailing or hands it back to you.
    The bright side is, at least from what I've read and experienced, USPS isn't nearly as messed up as Royal Mail in that they won't just destroy the package and then notify the sender after the fact. I don't know how I'd be able to handle that, that is just flat out wrong. At least with USPS, there's due process and a regard for other people's property.

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    It's so lame..the regulations are so incredibly lame.

    So, if one orders fume on Ebay or whatever..it will be destroyed? Talking about USPS here. Or if sold from an outside country, destroyed? It's ridiculous. I've shipped UPS and Fed EX and they are really expensive. UPS isn't too bad I suppose, as long as it's samples one is shipping. To ship a bottle gets pretty darn pricey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dampier View Post
    I contacted the local postmaster's office to get additional insight on this and learned why I had a problem shipping while this regulation would seem to give me a pass if I shipped by ground.

    The distinction i got was that I am not a professional dealer shipping products suitable for retail sale. The ORM-D exception carries an important provision. The item must qualify as a consumer commodity, which means:

    "Consumer commodity is a hazardous material that is packaged and distributed in a quantity and form intended or suitable for retail sale and designed for consumption by individuals for their personal care or household use purposes. This term can also include certain drugs or medicines."

    The key word is "packaged." Decants do not pass the test evidently. They are not factory sealed in a retail box and that is why they were stopped. The sole discretion is granted to the postal clerk accepting packages handed to them. There is a ridiculous appeals process you and I cannot really engage in.

    I think you are on the right track specifying ground shipment, but that excludes Priority Mail and may still be rejected on a whim. Remember, what is right seems to be open to interpretation by the person who either accepts your parcel for mailing or hands it back to you.
    Yes, that's about what I'd expect. A decant probably won't satisfy the standards, though it seems to me that's arguable. Priority mail is absolutely out, no ambiguity there.

    I don't think the intent is to have clerks exercise judgment here. From what I can tell, they're trained to ask simply whether you're shipping perfume. If you say yes, you'll be told that surface mail is the only option. I am fairly certain they won't open a package, if you're shipping ground (though, as I've pointed out before, there's nothing stopping them from doing so).

    By the way, if the USPS were to open a priority package and find perfume, it would have the right to confiscate it. Since it's a crime to ship perfume by any means other than ground -- a federal crime punishable by up to a year in jail -- the USPS could absolutely keep it as evidence. Will they? No clue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    It's so lame..the regulations are so incredibly lame.

    So, if one orders fume on Ebay or whatever..it will be destroyed? Talking about USPS here. Or if sold from an outside country, destroyed? It's ridiculous. I've shipped UPS and Fed EX and they are really expensive. UPS isn't too bad I suppose, as long as it's samples one is shipping. To ship a bottle gets pretty darn pricey.
    If you order perfume from a domestic seller on Ebay, and the seller ships to a United States address by priority mail (or by any means other than surface transportation) using the United States Postal Service, the seller is violating the law. Unfortunately, it seems that simple. And the USPS would have the right to confiscate and potentially destroy the perfume, which is evidence of a crime. I'd expect the chances to be pretty low that this would happen, but who knows?
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    So, I guess only buy from sellers who ship ground I suppose.
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    Like I said earlier. I sent 10 fragrances USPS Priority with absolutely no problems. So far I've heard a lot of paranoia and theory's, but no evidence that proves the USPS will open a priority package. Unless it busts all over the place they're not going to open it up and even then they probably won't open it. Let's not forget that around Christmas all those videos came out with the UPS and USPS carrier's throwing packages around and shattering what was inside. If they'll destroy a computer monitor or expensive item, do you really think they give a crap about a bottle of fragrance?

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    If I am asked by a postal employee if anything in my package is hazardous I can truthfully state "no" as I do not believe that shipping perfume/cologne the way I package it is hazardous. Now, if asked if I am shipping anything considered hazardous by the USPS then I face the dilemma of either lying or telling the truth, but again, I do not think that perfume/cologne etc is any more hazardous to enhancing a fire already started than the paper/cardboard the shipment is packaged in.

    In my opinion banning shipment of fragrance by post is ridiculous and should elicit a terminal dose of civil disobedience by any and all so encumbered by such ridiculous rules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    Like I said earlier. I sent 10 fragrances USPS Priority with absolutely no problems. So far I've heard a lot of paranoia and theory's, but no evidence that proves the USPS will open a priority package. Unless it busts all over the place they're not going to open it up and even then they probably won't open it. Let's not forget that around Christmas all those videos came out with the UPS and USPS carrier's throwing packages around and shattering what was inside. If they'll destroy a computer monitor or expensive item, do you really think they give a crap about a bottle of fragrance?
    Well, it's not really paranoia. Nobody is saying that roving bands of postal inspectors will tackle you in the street and haul you off to Guantanamo Bay if you send some Dior Homme by priority mail to a person that buys it in your sales thread. Nor will they eagerly rip open random packages to see if you're sending a bottle of Chergui by First Class Mail.

    The reality is that the chance of anyone getting into trouble by shipping perfume by a means other than surface mail appears very, very slim. I think we all know that.

    And I think we all know that many basenoters will lie when asked whether they're shipping perfume in order to ship by priority or First Class Mail.

    On the other hand, it can't be denied that the post office has taken a renewed interest in the subject. And there's no way around the fact that if you ship perfume by anything other than surface mail, you are breaking the law.

    What you choose to do with that information is up to you. Personally, I'm going to answer truthfully and ship by surface mail if I sell any colognes, but it's certainly not my place to judge anybody that behaves otherwise.

    And as always, I'm not giving legal advice, just information.
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    I don't have the link, but I read on an ebay forum that it's possible to ship overseas by boat. This avoids the whole "air flight" thing. I just don't have any details on how to do this, or where it stands now.

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    I've only just become aware of this and it certainly is disappointing. I have to question the timing of this sudden urgency to rigorously enforce what look to be long standing regulations.
    Given that postal carriers routinely use commercial airline flights for shipping purposes and the recent global grounding of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet due to cargo hold fires. Is this coincidental?
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    Quote Originally Posted by indianwells View Post
    Hi teardrop, yes, it was for Austria. It hadn't left the UK though so they could have simply sent it back to me instead of destroying it. That's what really annoyed me. I wasn't asked in the post office what was in the package, I guess the staff are still coming up to speed. What really irritated me was in the letter they said "we will take no action on this occasion"!! Am I supposed to be bloody grateful?? As I said before, BASTARDS!
    How horrible I agree that they could have just returned the package to you. You had paid for international postage after all. I don't trust "destroyed" either. For all you know they could have put it in their pockets.
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    Personally I think airplanes, cars and motorbikes should be banned as well because they are holding huge quantities of flammable fluids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_B. View Post
    I don't have the link, but I read on an ebay forum that it's possible to ship overseas by boat. This avoids the whole "air flight" thing. I just don't have any details on how to do this, or where it stands now.
    I don't want to wait 2-3 months for a package arriving by boat. It's 2013 not 1883.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    Well, it's not really paranoia. Nobody is saying that roving bands of postal inspectors will tackle you in the street and haul you off to Guantanamo Bay if you send some Dior Homme by priority mail to a person that buys it in your sales thread. Nor will they eagerly rip open random packages to see if you're sending a bottle of Chergui by First Class Mail.

    The reality is that the chance of anyone getting into trouble by shipping perfume by a means other than surface mail appears very, very slim. I think we all know that.

    And I think we all know that many basenoters will lie when asked whether they're shipping perfume in order to ship by priority or First Class Mail.

    On the other hand, it can't be denied that the post office has taken a renewed interest in the subject. And there's no way around the fact that if you ship perfume by anything other than surface mail, you are breaking the law.

    What you choose to do with that information is up to you. Personally, I'm going to answer truthfully and ship by surface mail if I sell any colognes, but it's certainly not my place to judge anybody that behaves otherwise.

    And as always, I'm not giving legal advice, just information.
    I agree about the morale decision. If people feel uncomfortable having to lie then by all means do what you feel is right. My point is don't make a decision based out of fear because a guideline tells you that you might be the 1 out of 1,000,000 packages that get's checked. As far as it being illegal so is going 1 mile over the speed limit. Now if I were shipping cocaine via Priority mail I probably would want to get a lawyer for that one.

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    Hello everyone!

    I just had to share my nightmarish UPS experience today. Yes, you read it right: UPS, not USPS. Usually I shipped perfumes from home by printing USPS Priority Mail shipping label online and with very light heart checking the "I agree to not shipping hazardous materials" check box. Whenever I had to ship anything fragrance related by showing up in person at USPS, I would always lie with light heart as well.

    But this time was different: I sold extremely valuable/expensive/exclusive perfume. I will not divulge the identity of perfume, I will only say that someone paid several hundred hard earned $$$ for this. And so I felt obliged to ship it UPS Ground and be upfront honest about the contents of the package, lest it was destroyed or confiscated. Because if it was, it would have been absolutely disastrous. Enter UPS

    I showed up like a good girl at their office and asked to ship my package. The girl at the counter went through the whole checkout process until the manager came up and asked me what was in the box. As I said, I was tempted to conceal the true nature of contents but in this situation I could not afford it. When I told her that it was a fragrance, her eyes widened and she stepped back like I was carrying a bomb. "You mean, it's a perfume?" she asked in incredulous voice. I said "Yes, it's a perfume" in quite annoyed voice. "We can't take it" was her reply. "What? I did ask to ship it by ground, are you kidding me?"

    Anyhoo, she was quick to point to me to the other UPS location in town. What is the difference between this UPS location and the other one? I asked. She just batted her eyelashes to me and said with the straight face "They ship dangerous stuff there, like guns."

    I had no choice but to drive to that other location. Once I walked in I asked straight up if they could ship a fragrance. The gentleman there seemed nice (at first) and asked how many bottles were in the package. There was only one. He did take it grudgingly saying something like "Oh, one bottle, it shouldn't be too much trouble..." Then he bombarded me with questions: is there was anything else in the package, if there was only one bottle in fact, if that bottle was safe and secure. At one point I thought he will demand that I opened the package.

    It finally got shipped, but I came home feeling awfully. I grew up in the Soviet Union and this treatment at the privately owned shipping company was not worlds away from the way I was treated in some governmental facilities back there. To be honest I am now afraid to buy or sell anything on Ebay if the shipping of fragrance will be such an issue. I am thoroughly bummed, that's all I can say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitefluffy View Post
    Hello everyone!

    I just had to share my nightmarish UPS experience today. Yes, you read it right: UPS, not USPS. Usually I shipped perfumes from home by printing Priority mail shipping label online and with very light heart checked the "I agree to not shipping hazardous materials checkbox." Whenever I had to ship anything fragrance related by showing up in person at USPS, I would always lie with light heart as well.

    But this time was different: I sold extremely valuable/expensive/exclusive perfume. I will not divulge the identity of perfume, I will only say that someone paid several hundred hard earned $$$ for this. And so I felt obliged to ship it UPS Ground and be upfront honest about the contents of the package, lest it was destroyed or confiscated. Because if it was, it would have been absolutely disastrous. Enter UPS

    I showed up like a good girl at their office and asked to ship my package. The girl at the counter went through the whole checkout process until the manager came up and asked me what was in the box. As I said, I was tempted to conceal the true nature of contents but in this situation I could not afford it. When I told her that it was a fragrance, her eyes widened and she stepped back like I was carrying a bomb. "You mean, it's a perfume?" she asked in incredulous voice. I said "Yes, it's a perfume" in quite annoyed voice. "We can't take it" was her reply. "What? I did ask to ship it by ground, are you kidding me?"

    Anyhoo, she was quick to point to me to the other UPS location in town. What is the difference between this UPS location and the other one? I asked. She just batted her eyelashes to me and said with the straight face "They can ship dangerous stuff there, like guns."

    I had no choice but to drive to that other location. Once I walked, in I asked straight up if they could ship a fragrance. The gentleman there seemed nice and asked how many bottles were in the package. There was only one. He did take it grudgingly saying something like "Oh, one bottle, it shouldn't be too much trouble..." Then he bombarded me with questions: is there was anything else in the package, if there was only one bottle in fact, if that bottle was safe and secure. At one point I thought he will demand that I opened the package.

    It finally got shipped, but I came home feeling awfully. I grew up in the Soviet Union and this treatment at the privately owned shipping company was not worlds away from the way I was treated in some governmental facilities back there. TO be honest I now afraid to buy or sell anything on Ebay, if the shipping of fragrance will be such an issue. I am thoroughly bummed, that's all I can say.
    Boy, that's awful. If it's any consolation, I shipped out some cologne last week by US Mail ground/surface mail (whatever they're calling it). When I said it was cologne, they didn't bat an eye. I think the clerk asked if it was securely packaged, and I said yes, but that was about it.

    By the way, that was a good point about them asking if it was just one bottle. I think the new USPS policy says you have to ship individually -- no shipping two colognes in one box -- but I could be wrong, and frankly I'm too tired tonight to look it up.

    If anyone knows, it would be great if you could fill us in about that issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitefluffy View Post
    It finally got shipped, but I came home feeling awfully. I grew up in the Soviet Union and this treatment at the privately owned shipping company was not worlds away from the way I was treated in some governmental facilities back there. To be honest I am now afraid to buy or sell anything on Ebay if the shipping of fragrance will be such an issue. I am thoroughly bummed, that's all I can say.
    No need to be so quick with the "nightmare" comparisons. I shipped out a fragrance last week via USPS (disclosing what I was shipping), no problems were had and it arrived safe and sound a day earlier than expected!

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