How we can help you ship your perfume

Posted on 21/05/24

Forwardvia's Guide to shipping perfume from the UK

For­ward­Via offer inter­na­tion­al par­cel for­ward­ing and reship­ping ser­vices from the UK to coun­tries world­wide. You can sign up free to get a UK address and shop per­fume, bat­ter­ies, hair spray and oth­er goods in the UK.

For­ward­Via receive the per­fume and oth­er dan­ger­ous goods for you and we ship inter­na­tion­al­ly to your door step. For­ward­Via send per­fume, bat­ter­ies, nail var­nish, body and hair spray and oth­er goods clas­si­fied as dan­ger­ous goods from the UK. Ship­ping dan­ger­ous goods are not allowed to cer­tain coun­tries, sim­ply con­tact us and we will let you know whether it can be shipped.

Dangerous goods? What are they?

Dan­ger­ous goods or haz­ardous mate­ri­als may be pure chem­i­cals, mix­tures of sub­stances, man­u­fac­tured prod­ucts, which can pose a risk to peo­ple, ani­mals or the envi­ron­ment if not prop­er­ly han­dled in use or in transport.

Many dif­fer­ent type of goods which we encounter on a dai­ly basis can be haz­ardous to our health if we come into con­tact with them too often or for too long. There are also sub­stances and mate­ri­als which are dan­ger­ous for trans­port which present obvi­ous risks.

The trans­port of dan­ger­ous goods is reg­u­lat­ed in order to pre­vent, as far as pos­si­ble, acci­dents involv­ing peo­ple or prop­er­ty, dam­age to the
envi­ron­ment, to the means of trans­port employed or to oth­er goods being trans­port­ed. For more infor­ma­tion about ship­ping dan­ger­ous goods by air click here and by road please click here.

There are nine class­es of dan­ger­ous goods, and know­ing which one your item falls under will give us a clear­er pic­ture of how to pack, label and trans­port it. For­ward­Via is accred­it­ed to han­dle and ship per­fume and most com­mon con­sumer dan­ger­ous goods.

We can ship perfume, what are other dangerous goods can you ship?

  • These are some of the com­mon dan­ger­ous goods we ship. Please email us to check if our couri­er can ser­vice your country.
  • Flam­ma­ble and non-flam­ma­ble gas — Spray paints, body and hair spray, aerosol fur­ni­ture pol­ish, aerosol deodorants
  • Flam­ma­ble liq­uids — Per­fume, advent cal­en­dar with per­fume, fra­grance oil, alco­hol over 70%, Nail Pol­ish Remover, Nail Pol­ish, Non water based paint.
  • Flam­ma­ble solids — Clean­ing wipes, nail var­nish remover wipes
  • Cor­ro­sive — Oven clean­ers, paint removers, bleach, sealants, fillers, hair dyes con­tain­ing peroxides
  • Mis­cel­la­neous — Lithi­um bat­ter­ies packed with equip­ment, more than 2 devices con­tain­ing bat­ter­ies with­in a pack­age, airbags (steer­ing wheels), life jack­ets. No stand­alone bat­tery e.g. bat­tery pack, car bat­tery, lap­top bat­tery etcs.

What are the charges to ship perfume and other dangerous goods?

Dan­ger­ous goods can be shipped using DHL only. The total cost depends on the type of dan­ger­ous goods, volume/​weight and ship­ping des­ti­na­tion. The total cost to pay for ship­ping dan­ger­ous goods are as shown below. Sim­ply add 1 + 2 + 3:

1. Ship­ping cost — Use our ship­ping cal­cu­la­tor to check prices. Ship­ping via DHL only. Ship­ping cost exclude local cus­tom charge (import tax and duty)

2. Repack­ag­ing fee — Repack­ing to meet ship­ping dan­ger­ous goods rules is com­pul­so­ry and it starts from £7.50 for first kg (£15 for first kg ship­ping by air), sub­se­quent kg is charge­able at £1/​kg

3. Couri­er sur­charges — This is charge­able by couri­er for pro­cess­ing and han­dling of dan­ger­ous goods starts from £10 depend­ing on the type of dan­ger­ous goods

  • For Dan­ger­ous goods in Except­ed quan­ti­ties by air, for exam­ple per­fume vol­ume of up to 30 ml is £15 per car­ton. It can be mul­ti­ple bot­tles per car­ton up to cer­tain weight. Except­ed quan­ti­ties avail­able to cer­tain coun­tries only
  • Per­fume over 30 ml shipped under ID8000 it is £85 per car­ton. It can be mul­ti­ple bot­tles per car­ton up to cer­tain weight.
  • For Dan­ger­ous goods in lim­it­ed quan­ti­ties by road to Euro­pean Union coun­tries, the couri­er sur­charge is £25 per carton
  • For full IATA Dan­ger­ous Goods by air meet­ing ADR LQ lim­it the couri­er sur­charge is £85 per carton
  • For lit-ion bat­ter­ies installed inside device or packed with device, the max­i­mum bat­tery capac­i­ty must be no more than 100 Whr. The couri­er sur­charge starts from £10. No stand­alone bat­tery e.g. bat­tery pack, car bat­tery, lap­top bat­tery etcs, as these are not allowed.

How do you pack perfume and other dangerous goods for international shipping?


Each type of sub­stance or item is giv­en a unique Unit­ed Nations (UN) iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber, and all dan­ger­ous goods are cat­e­gorised in accor­dance with glob­al­ly recog­nised stan­dards. For exam­ple, per­fume is classed as flam­ma­ble liq­uid, Class 3, and has UN num­ber 1266. When ship­ping per­fume inter­na­tion­al­ly, it is com­pul­so­ry to pack it secure­ly accord­ing to the lat­est IATA Dan­ger­ous Goods Regulations.

The require­ments for pack­ag­ings when ship­ping per­fume inter­na­tion­al­ly is depen­dant on the liq­uid vol­ume, the type of inner pack­ag­ing for exam­ple, the per­fume bot­tle and the total vol­ume or weight.

In gen­er­al here are the gen­er­al guide using per­fume as an example

  • Per­fume pack­ag­ing must be well con­struct­ed. The per­fume bot­tle for con­sumer use typ­i­cal­ly made of glass and its clo­sures must be of good qual­i­ty and does not react with the liquid
  • Clo­sure for the per­fume bot­tle must be suf­fi­cient­ly tight to with­stand effects of tem­per­a­ture and vibra­tion occur­ring in nor­mal con­di­tions of transport
  • Place the per­fume bot­tles in leakproof lin­er, if the bot­tles do not have retail boxes
  • The per­fume bot­tle must be packed in strong card­board box that has been test­ed and pass the require­ments stat­ed in the regulations.

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