Shipping perfumes

They may smell great, but perfumery products can be dangerous. Before you ship, there are few things you need to know.

What makes them dangerous?

It’s the alcohol. A crucial ingredient in almost all perfumes and colognes, alcohol can catch fire in certain conditions. When shipping flammable substances, we need to take some precautions to ensure the safety of our team and your goods.

What does this mean for my shipment?

Shipments containing perfumes usually fall under the UN 1266 classification of dangerous goods regulations. To move these items safely and compliantly, they need to be packed, marked and documented in line with these regulations.


A failure to comply may prove costly and could result in accidents such as fire – putting your shipment and our staff at risk. That’s why you always need to inform us when you’re intending to ship perfumes.


Find out more about UN dangerous goods classification, here.

We can help

Unsure whether your goods are dangerous or not? No problem. Just get in touch with our experts. They’ll answer all your questions.

Packing your shipment safely

Perfumery products require a little extra care to pack, but it’s worth taking the time to do it properly.

Not only will poor packaging potentially damage your goods, it can also make them harder to process – running the risk of costly hold-ups. Here are a few tips to ensure that your perfumes get to their destination quickly and safely.

Use combination packaging

Keep perfumes in secure rows with inner packaging before placing them in robust outer packaging.

Don’t ship without a lid

Ensure that each item has a cap or some form of protection against accidental leakage.

Fill any empty spaces

Pack any spare space in your shipment with dunnage to prevent goods from moving during transit.

While these tips are a general guide to help keep your sprays and aerosols securely packed, they may vary depending on the weight, volume and perceived risk of your goods. Ultimately it’s your responsibility to ensure your shipment complies with all required regulations – so be sure to take your time when packing.


Your goods’ Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) can help provide more information about how to safely pack and prepare your perfumes for shipping. This can usually be found on the manufacturer’s website.


Want to learn more about keeping your perfumes safe during transit? Click below for more information.

So how do I ship my paints and varnishes?

The first time you ship dangerous goods, you’ll need to give us a call. Don’t worry, it won’t take long – and our experts will walk you through the process.


Any questions? We’re waiting to help.

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