UK & International Nail Polish Shipping Campaign- CODE RAINBOW
We the undersigned are standing together as a global voice in the international nail polish and nail art community to ask the International Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to review their flight restrictions on shipping nail polish out of the UK and to review the status of nail polish as a dangerous good.
We believe there are inconsistencies in the transport of nail polish globally and we feel this unfair to both potential international customers and a potential loss of income/ growth to small, successful independent nail polish brands based in the UK.
We would like the risks around nail polish to be reviewed as we feel that carefully packaged nail polish in small quantities although flammable (as with most matter when in contact with fire) it is not, on it's own an explosive substance.
We would like the CAA to conduct a full risk assessment and investigate risk management around the carrying of nail polish and a full and frank response to the following questions:
1. Has nail polish ever caused a fire/ smoke or a potential risk on an aircraft? What is the likelihood/ probability of this happening (and therefore being deemed a dangerous good) and being a high risk on a calculated risk matrix?
2. Why have our main UK postal carrier Royal Mail not been issued a license to carry nail polish, yet nail polish is shipped into the UK from larger commercial companies and available on the high street to buy in the UK? How do they get their products here?
3. By what method is nail polish shipped to Northern Ireland from UK (and arrives at the same time as mainland UK mail) yet restricted in the Republic of Ireland?
4.Why is it acceptable for nail polish to be packed in your personal luggage when flying on an aircraft in and out of the UK, yet not acceptable to pack safely in the cargo hold of an aircraft?
5. We would like the review to look into alternatives of carriage/ packaging/ issuing of licenses for e.g. a shared group license for UK independent nail polish makers to ship according to acceptable packing/ unit limit?
We understand the unacceptable risks around dangerous goods and potentially explosive items AND unacceptable risks to aircraft staff and the general public however we feel nail polish has been unfairly deemed as a dangerous good, especially if shipped in small quantities, packaged correctly and held in cargo holds correctly.
To conclude we would like a review to take place as soon as possible to allow independent brands and nail polish enthusiasts to ship nail polish safely outside of the UK.