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Dangerous goods

Examples of contents classed as dangerous goods.


  • ammunition
  • pyrotechnic materials
  • lighters
  • fuses
  • blasting caps for toy guns

Compressed, condensed gases

  • fire extinguishers that contain gases under pressure
  • aerosol products/spray cans
  • butane
  • gas lighters

Flammable liquids

  • gasoline
  • solvents
  • cleaning agents
  • paints
  • white spirit

Flammable solids

  • spontaneously combustible substances and substances that emit gas in contact with water, e.g. matches
  • nitrocellulose film
  • material that becomes dangerous when wet

Oxidizing agents and organic peroxides

  • substances easily ignited by oxygen
  • hair and textile dyes
  • some bleaching agents/powders
  • some glues and binders
  • poisons, medicines and toxins, including drugs

Toxic and infectious substances

  • Category A infectious substances, UN 2814 and UN 2900

Exceptions: UN 3373 Biological substances Category B may be sent provided they are packed in accordance with ICAO-TI and IATA-DGR packing instruction PI 650.

Radioactive substances

  • medical samples or research samples that contain radioactive substances

Corrosive substances

  • corrosive cleaning fluids
  • corrosive rust prevention and removal agents
  • instruments containing mercury or battery fluids

Miscellaneous hazardous materials

  • materials that have soporific, harmful, toxic or other properties and that can cause major discomfort if they leak
  • materials that are strongly magnetic
  • mail items that contain batteries

Exceptions – International mail: Max. 2 lithium batteries or 4 lithium cells may be sent in international mail, and they must then be installed in the equipment and packed as per PI 967 or PI 970, section II in the ICAO regulations.

Please note that the following countries do not accept lithium batteries or lithium cells: China,  Germany, Hong Kong,  Italy, Japan, Laos, Madagascar.