Shipping neodymium magnets by air is not easy. Even we ship hundreds of packages every year, but still, have some products that can’t be shipped by air, Like a big magnet.
Because magnets interfere with the electronic equipment and navigation on planes, that is why many industrial magnets, magnetic assemblies cannot be shipped via air.
People prefer to ship magnets by vehicle or by sea because magnets shipped via air will be easy to classify as Dangerous Goods if they have not been packed well to block their magnetism. Additionally, many carriers will not accept magnets for air shipments.
In fact, magnets ship by air, If we follow some guidelines that dictate how magnets are packaged well and make IATA reports from some labs.
The Main Rules for Shipping Magnets By Air:
IATA Packing Instruction 953 states magnetized material will be accepted only when:
Devices such as magnetrons and light meters have been packed so that the polarities of the individual units oppose one another
Permanent magnets, when possible, have keeper bars installed
The magnetic field strength at a distance of 4.6 m (15 ft) from any point on the surface of the assembled consignment:
Does not exceed 0.418 A/m (0.00525 gauss), or
Produces a magnetic compass deflection of 2 degrees or less
About how to pack the magnet, pls visit our post — how to pack the magnet well. But we would like to mention that a one-piece large magnet is hard to ship be by air, two pieces have a small opportunity, but shipping is high. So we suggest customers ship large magnets by sea.
There are some labs or inspection company offer IATA report services. If the parcels pass the inspection, they will issue reports like below, with “NOT RESTRICTED”. That means DHL, FedEx, UPS can pick up the parcels and ship them by air.
Do not pass, they will mark it “DANGEROUS GOODS”, which means we need to repack them and make an inspection again or choose another way to ship the parcels.
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