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    Initiate DavidG's Avatar
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    I want to send a couple of Coleman PowerMax cartridges by post, ideally for as little as possible.

    I know that they really shouldn't be chucked in the mail, but other than that I'm in the dark about how best to ship them.

    Will Parcelforce accept them under certain conditions? Will DHL, TNT and the like carry them? Or will I need to find a specialist and presumably more expensive courier?

    BTW - they are being sent to an address in the Highlands so it not an overseas shipment.

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    You have to registered to carry gas, you'll probably have seen the orange retangle on the back of trucks.
    Specialist will be the way to go.

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    You'd be best to have a look on the individual websites but I have ordered nail gun nails which include cans of the explosive gas used to fire the nails and Screwfix sent the parcel via Parcel Force...

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    Yep. Post office regulations prohibit sending flammable gases the post. No company will risk sending them as they will lose their licence for cheap postings.

    Most couriers won't touch them either.

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    I'd not even thought of couriers, DavidG!

    (It's potentially a problem for me on the Challenge: I'm not sure how best to deal with it. Maybe this is a solution! Thanks

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    Same questions a couple of years later...
    has anybody figured out how to send gas cartidges by post in the UK?
    In Germany you simply put a sticker on the package and DHL will accept it, but in the UK I could not find any courier so far that will handle gas cartidges.
    I checked with DPD, DHL, TNT,... no solution there.
    I have registered for getting a UPS company account, UPS said they might be able to offer me a solution then.... we will see.
    All the smaller couriers are no help, as they seem to rely on services provided by the bigger players.

    Do you have any Idea how to send gas cartidges by post in the UK?

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    Lol, only a couple of years later? That was from 2006! You brought back a ten year old zombie thread, yay! Quite an old OM Forum tradition you see, so very well done! By post parcel or by courier? As Royal Mail and various postal couriers actually have greatly differing regulatory rules on this, seems to be to me.

    There are many retailers of outdoors stuff that state on their websites in the small print, a big no to sending anything like this now. Then there are other retailers and wholesalers too that say yes. Or others too, yes but under strict rigid circumstances. Meethinks that it they can send them out by certain couriers then you can too. Within country of origin of parcel might be a given though here most likely. So no crossing any borders with these items, and no part journeys in aircraft obviously for the parcel too. And, with clear declaration on the actual parcel too, that this is what it contains. Being pressurised gas canisters for camping stove usage, ok.
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    Yep, you defo need to look into the individual rules on this predicament really, with every courier till you find a man that does!

    I could be wrong but something at the back of my mind thinks that www.myhermes.co.uk might well carry them for you, just as an excluded item ie at your own risk of damage. Have to enquire directly though, ok. As the website is not really so clear on this, although it is most definitely not on their prohibited parcels listings for defo sure.
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    Who do Ebay, Amazon or Go Outdoors use to send out camping gas canisters then? They deliver by courier, so maybe go with whomever they currently use perhaps.
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    Thanks for your ideas trevor.
    Unfortunately I have been unsuccessful in my search so far.
    I have talked to about 20 couriers/parcel service providers now, big ones like DHL and myHermes as well as small couriers.
    They all say no.
    Only FedEx said they would take it if it is "certifiedand packed to travel on a plane", which needs to be done by a dangerous goods specialist. This is probably put of my (price) league.
    Pretty much all UK online stores / ebay sellers / etc. that sell camping gas in europe withdrew the offer upon inquiry. I contacted anout 15 online sellers about this.
    Last edited by DavidF; 18-10-2016 at 03:06 PM.

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    To all UK stovies:
    As

    a) sending gas within the UK seems no problem and
    B) sending EMPTY gas canisteres is no problem, too

    ... is anyone of you willing to receive some full canisters, empty them (use them, burn them off, whatever) and send the empty gas canister to me? I will cover all cost of course.

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    DavidF - if you will have the same problems in the future, you can talk with Parcel ABC couriers, maybe they will do this. Because I have used their services a several times and I'm very satisfied, so recommend this company totally. More information about Parcel ABC company and prices: https://www.parcelabc.co.uk/

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