What can’t I Sendle?

This article will help you understand what kind of things you can’t send with Sendle, covering prohibited goods, dangerous goods, owner's risk, and the right of refusal for all parcels. 

Prohibited goods

These are considered as:

  • Anything with a weight of more than 70lbs, or a volume greater than 7 cubic feet
  • Parcels that have a combined length & circumference more than 108” 
  • Any items that are illegally procured 
  • Any items to be used for illegal purposes
  • Air bags
  • Live animals or other living goods
  • Cigarettes or tobacco products
  • Alcoholic beverages with ABV of 0.6% or greater (except for alcohol-containing medicines and alcohol not intended as a beverage)
  • Marijuana (both medical and recreational)
  • Narcotics and controlled substances legally obtained
  • Firearms/weapons (Including dummy, non-firing, or museum replicas)
  • Firearms ammunition
  • Knives/sharp instruments
  • Dangerous goods
  • Certain batteries

Dangerous goods

Dangerous goods are substances or articles with hazardous properties which, if not handled correctly, may:

  • Explode
  • Asphyxiate
  • Burn
  • Poison
  • Eat skin or metals
  • Pollute the environment
  • Become unstable with other products

This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Volatile spirits
  • Toxic gases or substances
  • Explosive goods 
  • Goods which are or may become dangerous (including radioactive materials) or spontaneously combust
  • Organic peroxide (and Hydrogen Peroxide with a solution of 20% or over)
  • Items containing mercury
  • Infectious substances
  • Corrosive substances
  • Flammable liquids or solids
  • Any other goods which may become liable to damage any person or property whatsoever
  • Dangerous goods (which may include general health and beauty products, such as aerosol-based products like hairspray, tanning spray, shaving cream, and deodorant, aftershave and mouthwash containing alcohol, nail polish and nail polish remover with acetone, alcohol-based perfumes, rubbing alcohol, or hand sanitizers)
  • Toys without a CE marking, registered trademark, accompanying user instructions and labeling with the country of origin and warning labels (for example: age recommendation/loose parts)

Batteries:

We know how common battery-powered, electronic devices are, so it can be tricky to navigate what’s OK to send with us (and what’s not). There are a lot of technical terms involved, but hopefully, this section helps clear up any confusion!

These devices with built-in batteries are acceptable:

  • You can send small quantities of brand new electronic devices with built-in batteries that cannot be removed or replaced by the user. Remote control (RC) toys, drones, mobile phones, laptop computers, and handheld power tools (ie: small quantities of brand new electronic devices with built-in batteries that can’t be removed or replaced by the user).
  • You may also send tested, proven non-spillable batteries in proper packaging. That’s because these types of batteries are allowed to be shipped as non-hazardous items under international rules (as they will not leak from a cracked case at high-temps). Batteries and packaging may also be marked “NON-SPILLABLE” or “NON-SPILLABLE BATTERY”

These devices are NOT acceptable (even though they have in-built batteries):

  • Automotive (car) battery
  • Electric wheelchair battery
  • Fuel cell-based portable backup power supply
  • Electric vehicle battery
  • Spare dry-cell batteries (large quantities)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones
  • Old mobile phones (to be recycled)

Dry-cell batteries are NOT acceptable:

Common dry-cell batteries (for example: AA, C, D) might not be regulated as hazardous materials, but all batteries can cause fires from a short circuit if terminals are not protected.

These ones cannot be sent with Sendle:

  • Lithium metal battery (rechargeable)
  • Spare dry-cell batteries (large quantities)
  • Sodium batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are NOT acceptable: 

Lithium-ion batteries are subject to special regulations and are found in common items like mobile phones, watches, flashlights, and laptop computers. They can cause fires if dropped, crushed or short-circuited, which is why these can’t be sent with Sendle: 

  • Lithium-ion lithium cobalt oxide
  • Lithium-ion manganese oxide battery
  • Lithium polymer battery
  • Lithium iron phosphate battery
  • Lithium-sulfur battery
  • Lithium-titanate battery

Lead-acid batteries are NOT acceptable: 

These batteries contain highly corrosive acid and can cause fires from short circuits, so don’t send them with us:

  • Deep cycle battery
  • Valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) battery
  • Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery
  • Gel battery

Battery components are NOT acceptable:

Battery fluid

  • Battery acid
  • Battery water

Dangerous goods declaration

To be able to send a parcel with Sendle, we need an agreement from you to never send dangerous goods with us. You’ll be prompted to make this declaration the first time you use Sendle (covering the lifetime of our relationship). 

Owner’s risk

These items are deemed to be at ‘owner's risk’ (that is, they are NOT covered by Sendle's insurance policy) but it’s totally up to you to send them:

  • Perishables (e.g fresh fruit and vegetables, meat or frozen goods)
  • Flowers or plants
  • Cash or other negotiable instruments (e.g tickets)
  • Irreplaceable items, legal documents or other such valuables
  • Fine art
  • Jewelry, gems, trinkets, or personal ornaments like rings, necklaces, trinkets, or other items containing jewels or precious metals

If you choose to send these types of things with Sendle, you do so at your own risk. If that’s the case, we strongly advise you to arrange your own protection for loss or damage.

Right of refusal

We are entitled to refuse to accept for carriage any goods listed above.

Important information

When you use the Sendle service, you provide us with a warranty that your parcel does not include any prohibited or dangerous goods. Goods of this nature will not be covered, and cannot be transported by our couriers.

If you send a parcel that contains any of these goods, it means you’ve breached the terms of your warranty given to Sendle, and caused Sendle to breach its policy and terms.

If that’s the case, Sendle’s delivery partners have the right to dispose of any parcel deemed to contain prohibited or dangerous goods.

In these circumstances, you will be fully responsible for any adverse consequences that arise from you sending the goods, including loss or damages. You may be liable to Sendle for all damages, injuries, and claims that arise from your sending prohibited goods. Sendle may also choose to disable your account.

Sendle has the right to refuse to accept for carriage any prohibited or dangerous goods or to refuse to pick up a parcel if we reasonably suspect that it may include any prohibited or dangerous goods. Sendle will not be liable for parcels where we refuse to collect it under this clause.


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