Dangerous goods
How can I send dangerous goods?

Many everyday objects are deemed dangerous for the purposes of shipping. This also applies to seemingly harmless things such as perfume, mobile phones, lithium batteries and alcohol.

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Hand disinfectants can still only be shipped as dangerous goods in limited quantities through the parcel channel. A maximum of 1 litre per bottle and 30kg per parcel are permitted. Containers over 1 litre must be dispatched as small consignments in compliance with ADR regulations.

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.

 The new categories of dangerous goods.

As the sender…

  • you are solely responsible for the lawful shipping of dangerous goods and must ensure you are suitably informed;
  • you are obliged to inform Swiss Post of dangerous goods shipments in verifiable form before transport;
  • you are obliged to comply with packaging and labelling requirements;
  • you are obliged to create the necessary documentation and submit it with the consignment.

When transporting dangerous goods, we must comply with the legal provisions and international guidelines, and thus distinguish between domestic and international shipments.

The legal basis is the SDR (Ordinance on the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road), which essentially refers to the ADR (European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road). Anyone who fails to comply with these guidelines is liable to prosecution. If you are in any doubt, please contact us.

How can I send dangerous goods?

We can offer you a comprehensive service 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 goods in the parcel channel safely and cost-effectively. Items classified as “Exempt medical/veterinary laboratory samples” and “Biological substance, Category B/UN3373” in accordance with ADR are permitted in the letter channel.

Sending dangerous goods correctly

Goods permitted in the parcel channel
Limited quantities (LQ)

Important information about packing and labelling parcels containing dangerous goods.

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Goods prohibited in the parcel channel
Transporting dangerous goods

Would you like to transport dangerous goods that are prohibited in the parcel channel? By courier, as small consignement or in entire truckloads?

We would be happy to help.

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Biological samples

Biological samples
(laboratory consignments)

Shipping with letter mail or parcel post

Medical or veterinary samples with only a minimal probability of containing pathogens. For example, blood and urine samples for the purposes of examination, doping tests or biopsies.

Category A infectious substances which may result in permanent disability or death in healthy people or animals as well as clinical waste, such as used needles, are not permitted.

Category B infectious substances are permitted. These are substances which, while including a risk of infection, cannot cause any permanent harm to people or animals.

The samples may only be packed and sent by authorized persons.

A Swiss Post employee transports dangerous goods with the forklift truck.

Transporting dangerous goods

We can transport dangerous goods abroad overland.

Do you want to transport dangerous goods in a professional manner? By courier, as small consignments or in entire truckloads?

We would be happy to help. 

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