Similar to shipping lighters, USPS places quite a bit of restrictions on shipping matches. For instance, you can only ship safety matches, and you can only ship them within the United States, not internationally. Also, if you’re trying to send strike anywhere matches, you’re out of luck; USPS prohibits those altogether!
USPS Allows You to Ship Safety Matches Via Ground Transportation Only
As long as you’re shipping safety matches, you can ship them with USPS without any major issues. However, since USPS considers matches a hazardous material to ship, USPS will restrict you to ground transportation for any packages containing them. That means you’ll be paying for Retail Ground at the Post Office, or Parcel Select Ground when you use shipping software to buy discounted postage online.
Ground service is the required service for the majority of hazardous materials, especially flammable objects such as safety matches. It’s simply too much of a risk to transport them via an aircraft, since they could technically catch fire and combust. That’s why USPS won’t let you use air-based services such as First Class Package or Priority Mail for sending matches.
The Difference Between Safety Matches and Strike Anywhere Matches
In case you’re not aware of the difference between safety matches and strike anywhere matches, we’ve got you covered. Safety matches only ignite when you strike them against a specially prepared surface, like the kind you see on the sides of matchbooks and matchboxes. They are the most common type of match available today, and you’ve probably got a box or two laying around your house!
On the other hand, “strike anywhere matches” are matches that will light when you strike them against any suitable surface. Think a brick wall, or the concrete on a sidewalk. As long as the surface is hard, rough, and dry enough, you’ll be able to light the match. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use USPS to send them anywhere.
To learn about shipping safety matches properly with USPS, check out the USPS Postal Explorer.