Dangerous goods within Switzerland and Liechtenstein
How can I send dangerous goods?

Many items are deemed dangerous for the purposes of shipping. This also applies to seemingly harmless items such as perfume, mobile phones, lithium batteries or alcohol, as well as many biological or chemical substances.

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Swiss Post provides a comprehensive service for the shipment of dangerous goods for Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.

The service differs according to the shipping channel, type of dangerous goods, quantity of dangerous goods packed per consignment and the quantity of dangerous goods sent per transport unit.

We have created a standard service for the parcel channel so that you can send permitted dangerous goods in the parcel channel safely and cost-effectively.

Items classified as “Exempt medical/veterinary laboratory samples”, “Used medical instrument/device” and “UN3373 – Biological substance, Category B” in accordance with ADR are permitted in the letter channel.

  • Services for the letter and parcel channel and transportation
  • Legally compliant sending
  • Secure sending

What are dangerous goods?

Dangerous goods are goods which can pose a threat to humans and the environment (e.g. easily flammable, oxidizing, poisonous, corrosive). Europe-wide legal guidelines apply for the shipping of dangerous goods consignments.

Swiss Post agrees to transport dangerous goods which comply with the requirements of the legal provisions for road transport, SDR / ADR, and for rail transport RSD / RID.


As a sender of dangerous goods, it is your responsibility to only hand over correctly categorized, labelled and properly packaged dangerous goods to Swiss Post and to comply with the acceptance restrictions for the letter, parcel and small consignments channels.

You can find more information in the “Dangerous goods” manual (PDF, 507.8 KB).

Legal basis

The legal basis for the transportation of dangerous goods by road can be found in the national regulations of the SDR (Ordinance on the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road) and the international regulations of the ADR (Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road)(available to read via the Swiss Federal Roads Office (FEDRO)).

Anyone who fails to comply with these regulations is liable to prosecution. If you are in any doubt, please contact us.

Important information

Service and prices

Biological laboratory consignment

For sending laboratory samples in the A Mail letter channel or as a business reply label (GAS) in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Please note the regulations regarding amounts, packaging and labelling.

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Dangerous goods as a parcel

Range of services and prices for the transport of your dangerous goods as a parcel. Please note the regulations regarding amounts, packaging and labelling.

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Transporting large quantities of dangerous goods

There are appropriate transport channels for sending large quantities of dangerous goods. Transportation of your dangerous goods as small consignments in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Please note the regulations regarding amounts, packaging and labelling.

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Transporting dangerous goods internationally

We can transport dangerous goods abroad overland. You can choose whether to send them by courier, as small consignments or in entire truckloads. Let us advise you.

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You can find more information at www.swisspost.ch/climate.

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