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Is this legal ?

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Is this legal ?

I thought the law had been changed to prevent certain things such as batteries and inflammable materials being sent through the post ?

If that is correct how is it that a search of Amazon for lighter fuel shows this can be purchased and sent through the post ?

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Re: Is this legal ?

When you say "post" do you mean Royal Mail? If so then flammable liquids are indeed banned.

https://business.help.royalmail.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/867/~/prohibited-goods---uk

I have not heard of any law change but various carriers have their own policies regarding what risky products they are willing to transport. 

Royal Mail does carry some items containing L-ion batteries but it needs to know what is in the package - I think so that they are not put on aeroplanes. I received a smoke alarm today by Royal Mail with a hazard warning on the box.

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Hasn't Amazon been recently dragged through the "courts" over this very subject.

 

Flammable

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Re: Is this legal ?

only because they didn't declare it on a couple of packages

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Re: Is this legal ?

Through the post, I.E. Royal Mail, potentially flammable items are prohibited by RM, but, they can be sent by courier (and yes, couriers also can carry post) based on the courier's own rules, often cheaper than RM too...

 

But that said, I've had all kinds of prhibited things arrive in the postie's hands, it's up to the seller to declare to the post office what they're sending, if they lie and are caught out, then they can be fined a lot of money...

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As I understand it the carriers have to use special fireproof packages.

 

Recently here in the US Samsung have issued special packages for the return of their Note 7s which were catching Fire. I assume similar precautions will be taken in the UK.

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I was under the impression that Amazon do their own deliveries and don't use Royal Mail anymore.

 

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The girls next door regularly get Amazon parcels. Some are RM and some with a variety of couriers.

I've never heard of Amazon post. Though I expect they have a warehouse of drones on standby.Smiley

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Re: Is this legal ?


billnotben wrote:

I've never heard of Amazon post.

It's called Amazon Logistics and I get most of my Amazon orders delivered by them these days.

If the item I order is from a marketplace supplier then the carrier can be one of a number of different companies including Royal Mail.


 

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Strat wrote:

If the item I order is from a marketplace supplier then the carrier can be one of a number of different companies including Royal Mail.


Or if it's a large parcel, or heavy, or an out of the way area Amazon Logistics pass the parcel to another delivery service. According to what has been written about the Amazon Logistic service on Tamebay,