How do I Ship a CO2 Tank?

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How do I Ship a CO2 Tank?
You cannot ship a CO2 tank that is full. (Oxygen image by JASON WINTER from

Shipping CO2 tanks and other compressed-gas containers requires preparation. Depending on which shipping method you use, there may be regulations on the size or type of tank, as well as limitations on where the item may be shipped.

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A CO2 tank must be emptied before it is packaged for shipping. The CO2 gas is stored in a compressed manner that can cause the tank to burst or explode at certain altitudes, such as those reached in an aeroplane.


When shipping a CO2 tank, you must declare to the shipping company what the package contains. If you are unsure whether the shipping company will ship the tank, consult with customer service before emptying and packaging the tank.


Some shipping companies might require tanks be packaged a certain way, so consult with the company beforehand. Some shipping companies will package the tank for you. Also be certain to ask about restrictions on destinations if the tank is being shipped outside the continental United States.

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