Guidance on Posting of Outbound Air Mail Items

2015.03.19

Sending of air mail items (including Speedpost) that contain dangerous articles (including lithium battery, perfume and nail polish) is prohibited. Air mail items containing dangerous articles will be returned to the senders without any postage refund and the senders may be prosecuted for posting dangerous articles. Sender intending to post a returned mail item again shall ensure that it does not contain any dangerous articles and shall pay its full postage.

What are dangerous articles?

Lithium battery

Lithium battery

Common products containing lithium batteries

Common products containing lithium batteries

Flammable liquid

Flammable liquid

Pressurised containers (aerosols)

Pressurised containers (aerosols)

All air mail items must pass x-ray screening before dispatching overseas. It was observed that some articles which are not lithium batteries, items containing any built-in lithium batteries or flammable liquid, are difficult to be differentiated as their shapes or materials bear close resemblance to lithium batteries or flammable liquid during x-ray screening. Rejected items may be opened for further examination.

Shapes or materials bear close resemblance to lithium batteries

Shapes or materials bear close resemblance to lithium batteries

In order to reduce the chance of mail items not containing lithium batteries being rejected in the x-ray screening and required to be opened for further examination, senders should take note of the following points:

Lithium battery wrapped in tin foil or covered up the original lithium battery indication

Lithium battery wrapped in tin foil or covered up the original lithium battery indication

For aviation security check and to facilitate inspection of airmail items that are suspected to contain dangerous articles, senders who send mail items containing non-lithium battery must also take note of the following points:

Proper Packaging

Proper Packaging

Senders of Bulk Air Mail Service are required to pay attention to the above matters and mail items containing articles with close resemblance to lithium battery or flammable liquid should be posted in separate bags as far as possible. Since mail sent via Bulk Air Mail Service would be processed on bag level, Hongkong Post would not open any mail bags during mail processing. As such, the whole mail bag would be returned to the sender when it is rejected by x-ray screening. For enquiries, please call our 24-hour general enquiry hotline 2921 2222.

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