AIR CARGO

Prohibited Items for Air Freight

there are additional restrictions on air cargo for items that may endanger the aircraft or passengers’ health or safety, or cause property damage, the main categories being:

  1. Explosives: fireworks and firecrackers, detonating fuses, etc.;
  2. Gases: such as compressed gas, dry ice, fire extinguisher, gas cartridge, inflated ball, respirator, explosive automotive airbag, aerosol, gas lighter, gas cylinder, and lamp bulb etc.;
  3. Flammable liquid: e.g. paint, gasoline, alcohol, engine oil, camphor oil, engine starting fluid, turpentine, thinner, mucilage, perfume, insect sprays,  air freshener etc.
  4. Flammable solid, pyrophoric substances, and substances that emit flammable gases in contact with water: e.g. activated carbon, titanium powder, copra, castor products, rubber debris, safety matches, dry white phosphorus , dry yellow phosphorus, magnesium powder, and solid gum, etc.
  5. Toxic and infectious items: pesticides, lithium batteries
  6. Corrosive items: e.g. batteries, alkaline battery electrolyte
  7. Magnetic substances without degassing packaging, magnetic steel and other strong magnetic products: e.g. currency detectors, speakers, magnets
  8. Items dangerous to public health: e.g. corpses & bones (inc. incinerated), untanned hides, animal bones not processed with chemicals
  9. Oxidizers, organic peroxides, radioactive materials & corrosive items: e.g. chemical medicines, lab chemicals (potassium termagant, sulphuric acid)
  10. Powder, liquids, pastes, and other items with danger signs on their packaging
  11. Biochemical products and infectious materials of all kinds: e.g. bacillus anthracite, dangerous pathogens, medical wastes

Biochemical products and infectious materials of all kinds: e.g. bacillus anthracite, dangerous pathogens, medical wastes
Other restrictions will apply due to national laws and regulations of specific airlines. One example is that following the discovery of bombs on a flight due to leave the UK in 2010, the Government imposed a temporary ban on the carriage of printer cartridges from unapproved shippers.

Individuals who are sending personal effects or household items in a crate have to supply a full packing list.