Dangerous goods
What can be included and what cannot?

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

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 standard 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.

Permitted dangerous goods

  • Perfume bottles (UN 1266) up to 5 l
  • Aerosol cans (UN 1950) up to 1 l
  • Matches (UN 1944) up to 5 kg
  • Petrol (UN 1203) up to 1 l
  • Gas cartridges (UN 2037) up to 1 l
  • Methylated spirits (UN 1170) up to 1 l
  • Hair tinting lotion/bleach (UN 2984) up to 5 l
  • Dyes/paints/stains/thinner with solvent (UN 1263) up to 5 l
  • Car batteries (UN 2794) with up to 1 l acid as content in plastic packaging

Prohibited dangerous goods

  • Explosive substances and objects such as fireworks, table crackers, sparklers, rockets, fountains, etc.
  • Gas canisters for grills
  • Lithium batteries for e-bikes
  • Lithium batteries with more than 100 watt hours of energy
  • Radioactive material

Sending dangerous goods correctly

Small quantities
Limited quantities (LQ)

Important information about packing and labelling parcels containing dangerous goods.

Find out more

Larger and large quantities
Transporting dangerous goods

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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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 in the parcel channel; 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.

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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Saturday: 8am to 12 noon

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