As part of my work and with electricity becoming completely unreliable in Guadeloupe with power plants being shut down leaving mostly renewable (leaving street lights literally blinking and tap water not constantly running), I’m planning to come with a 25Kg metal device powered by an internal lithium‑ion battery.
Corsair (the only company serving flights between my city in mainland and Guadeloupe) told me outright I can bring the device with me as a luggage only if the internal battery is removed.
While I don’t mind spending 3 hours in order to remove the battery with bringing the required tooling to put it back once I would have arrived, the problem is all the parcel services I found treat such sendings as dangerous prohibited goods.
Though, I don’t think getting it in Guadeloupe is something impossible : I bought it online from a Chinese seller. It was sent to my home by plane using 菜鸟网络 and handled in France by http://www.dpd.com with the content of the parcel clearly written in large characters on the cardboard.
Though buying a new one isn’t an option : not only because of shortages nobody is selling spare parts, including the battery (I recently had to pay 150€ for 3D printing a part from the original broken one), but the sellers I found including the original one aren’t shipping to French overseas as well as Monaco and Andorre in mainland.
I was also unable to find how to open an account on https://www.dpd.com as an individual nor I was able to find a said dpd office…
Please also note legally that Guadeloupe is a region like another region in mainland so it’s almost legally like taking the plane between 2 cities in mainland, but with the Atlantic ocean in practice.
My point is if sending the battery as a parcel, I would need the company along with their exact offer name so that their answer wouldn’t be
no you can’t send it with us.
Otherwise, I kept the original cardboard, so it’s not about finding what needs to be put on it legally.