Safe shipping of dangerous goods in small quantities
Dangerous goods (LQ) value-added service for parcel consignments

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What are dangerous goods (LQ)?

The “Dangerous goods LQ” (limited quantities) value-added service enables you to ship limited quantities of certain (clearly defined) dangerous goods.

How large the permitted LQ is depends on the dangerous goods concerned and is governed by the ADR regulations.
LQ can be sent via the Swiss Post parcel channel.

As the sender, you are responsible for ensuring that only permitted goods are sent and that the dangerous goods are correctly packaged and labelled.

You can find more details about goods which may be sent as dangerous goods LQ in the ADR regulations.

The permitted types and quantities of dangerous goods that can be sent can be found in the ADR regulations in section 3.4 in table 3.2 A, column 7a. This lists the quantities permitted per inner packaging.If column 7a contains the value 0, the dangerous goods cannot be sent as “dangerous goods in limited quantities”.

Dangerous goods UN number Maximum quantity permitted per inner packaging
Perfume bottles UN 1266 up to 5 litres
Spray cans UN 1950 up to 1 litre
Matches UN 1944 up to 5 litres
Petroleum UN 1203 up to 1 litre 
Camping gas UN 2037 up to 1 litre 
Methylated spirits UN 1170 up to 1 litre 
Liquid fuel paste UN 1993 up to 1 litre 
Hair tinting lotion/bleach UN 2984 up to 5 litres
Dyes/paints/stains/thinner with solvent UN 1263 up to 5 litres
Car batteries UN 2794 with up to 1 litre of acid (separate) as content in plastic packaging

The list is not exhaustive.

  • 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

What must I pay attention to?
Packaging and labelling correctly

Swiss Post agrees to transport dangerous goods via the parcel channel that satisfy standard parcel dimensions and comply with road and rail transport regulations:

If in doubt, please contact us.

  • The dangerous good is packed using the correct inner packaging (e.g. tightly closed bottles) as well as suitable outer packaging (e.g. strong cardboard or Dispobox.
  • The inner packaging is well padded and secured against slipping, may not damage the outer packaging and must be airtight.
  • The outer packaging must protect the contents securely.

The following information must be indicated on the parcel (shipping item):

  • A weatherproof LQ symbol (diamond) for limited quantities of dangerous goods (LQ) measuring 10 x 10 cm. Download the diamond sign (PDF, 60.5 KB).
  • Gross weight
  • An LQ value-added service barcode
  • UN numbers of the packaged dangerous goods.
  • For liquids: orientation arrows on 2 opposite sides of the shipping item
  • For even greater safety, dangerous goods consignments can be combined with the “Signature” value-added service; in this case, the consignment will only be handed over in exchange for the recipient’s signature.
  • You can find more details on the manual or electronic labelling of your parcels in the dangerous goods factsheet
  • With regard to electronic addressing, please consult our “Domestic parcel labels” online service.

Swiss Post liability

The liability limits for the shipping option selected apply.

Sender’s liability

As the sender, you are responsible for ensuring that you only send permitted goods as LQ via the parcel channel and that these are correctly packaged and labelled.
If you do not, Swiss Post must invoice you for any damage and consequential damage and is required to report major violations.

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