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Shipping HAZMAT Items

WHAT ARE HAZMAT ITEMS?

While the terms “dangerous good” or “hazardous materials” are often thought of as highly toxic products, it also refers to consumer products used daily by millions of people (such as power banks, cosmetics, laptops, phones, or hand sanitizer). These items are made of substances or materials that pose a risk to health, safety, or the environment because they can contain flammable, pressurized, corrosive or harmful substances.

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON HAZMAT ITEMS WE SELL?

  • Anything that holds a charge: this includes items like power banks and wireless/bluetooth items. Power Banks are considered a “stand alone battery” therefore shipping carriers and regulatory bodies require special care when shipping.
  • Hand sanitizer: due to the alcohol content making this item more flammable, this is considered a hazmat item.

WHY DO HAZMAT ITEMS REQUIRE ADDITIONAL REGULATION FOR SHIPPING?

When these items are sent via air travel, they pose a potential risk. In 2010 UPS had a plane crash as a result of a fire caused by lithium ion batteries (these are used in power banks). As a result of this horrible incident, the FAA created more regulation on how shippers should classify, package and mark & label the shipment to identify the hazard.

This regulation is in place to ensure these products are transported safely and reduces the risk of the carriers and transportation teams shipping the items.

WHEN WE CANNOT SHIP HAZMAT ITEMS

  • We do not ship HAZMAT items via Air services (this includes Hawaii, Alaska or any countries outside the United States)
  • We do not ship alcohol
  • We do not send return labels with online store orders that contain any items marked as HAZMAT

Because these items pose a greater risk to ship and require additional packaging, it can be expensive to ship hazmat items. Please work with your Account Manager to get a quote.

WHAT DOES HAZMAT PACKAGING LOOK LIKE

The shipper is required to properly classify and package materials with correct hazard communications. (e.g., marks, labels, and shipping documentation)

 

  

 

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