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Last Updated
23rd of March, 2012

Introduction

Permanent magnets produce their own persistent, unsupported magnetic field.

Magnetic fields are potentially hazardous, as they may:

  • disrupt freight carrier electronic tracking/handling equipment.
  • cause damage to other articles and products being shipped in its proximity.
  • interfere with aircraft navigational instruments.
To accomodate this, all orders despatched by Aussie Magnets are packaged to meet compliance with international shipping regulations on the transport of magnetic goods. Aussie Magnets references four main sources of regulation for the transport of magnetic goods (listed below).

At the relevant distances set out by the individual regulations, most Aussie Magnets product’s Gauss and/or Oersted (A/m) measurements fall significantly below the restricted threshold.

Note individual freight carrier restrictions may apply in addition to these regulations; for clarification, please contact your freight shipping service.




Transporting Your Magnets

When you receive your order, pay careful attention to the way they were packaged by Aussie Magnets.

You'll note that the goods have been packaged in a very particular way, which ensures they meet freight handling regulations and protect the products from damage.

You can find detailed packaging information on our Shipping Charges page...

By Plane

O
n commercial passenger flights, magnets can be transported in your checked-baggage (in most instances). Although magnets are rigorously regulated, they are not classified as hazardous or dangerous goods.

While magnets may also be transported on carry-on luggage, this is not advisable. A lack of understanding by airport security may mean delays or possible confiscation of the goods.

If you are unsure about a carriers policy, please contact the airline directly.




Specific Regulations




REGULATORY BODY:
International Air Transport Association (IATA)

SOURCE DOCUMENT:
Reformatted Packaging Instructions

SECTION(S):
Packing Instruction 953

RESTRICTIONS:
If the maximum field strength observed at a distance of 2.1 m (7 ft) is less than 0.159 A/m (0.002 gauss) or there is no significant compass deflection (less than 0.5 degree), the article is not restricted as a magnetized material.





REGULATORY BODY:
United Nations, U.N. Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

SOURCE DOCUMENT:
U.N. Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

SECTION(S):
UN 2807

RESTRICTIONS:
Magnetized material will be accepted only when:
a) devices such as magnetrons and light meters have been packed so that the polarities of the individual units oppose one another;
b) permanent magnets, where possible, have keeper bars installed;
c) the magnetic field strength at a distance of 4.6 m from any point on the surface of the assembled consignment:
1) does not exceed 0.418 A/m; or
2) produces a magnetic compass deflection of 2 degrees or less.





REGULATORY BODY:
Australia Post

SOURCE DOCUMENT:
Dangerous & Prohibited Goods & Packaging

SECTION(S):
§ D2.9.2.

RESTRICTIONS:
Any material that, when packed, has a magnetic flux density of 0.159 A/m or more at a distance of 2.1 metres from any point on the surface of the package.





REGULATORY BODY:
U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety

SOURCE DOCUMENT:
U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations

SECTION(S):
49 CFR 173.21 (d)

RESTRICTIONS:
For carriage by aircraft, any package which has a magnetic field of more than 0.00525 gauss measured at 4.5 m (15 feet) from any surface of the package.
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