Sometimes when we travel or move countries, we really need our knives with us. Who hasn’t found themselves in the middle of a Parisian riverbank picnic without any elegant way of cutting up all that cheese and freshly baked baguettes? Where is your trusty kitchen knife when you want to impress your Italian mother-in-law with your cooking skills? Shipping knives internationally can be complicated, but you can send knives to another country safely if you do your research and prepare your package carefully. Read below to find out how to ship knives internationally.
Can I send cutlery internationally?
Most countries do not have any restrictions when it comes to sending cutlery to another country. When you want to send a knife internationally and this knife belongs to a cutlery set or it is a kitchen knife, the most important thing is to carefully prepare the package. It is vital that the knives are packed individually and safely because you must make sure that the courier or any other person involved in the transport process does not get hurt.
Knives can also damage other packages during transportation. Accordingly, most courier companies will ask you to be especially careful and use extra packaging materials such as Styrofoam or packing peanuts if the shipment contains knives. Also, it is very important to note that, in the case of cutlery or kitchen knives, many countries may ask you to declare the content of the package and you will probably have to pay extra insurance. Some countries may decide that kitchen knives and cutlery are special objects and it may be wise to play safe and be upfront about the content of your package. Regardless of this, it is essential that the knives are packaged properly.
Can I send knives to another country? Depends on the knife
Most cutlery sets and kitchen knives can be categorised as tools, necessary for a trade, and are accepted by most countries. However, there are many different kinds of knives and white weapons: some of them are heavily restricted or even prohibited in many countries. This obviously makes some knives not adequate for shipping. Generally speaking, if you want to send a knife internationally, be it a hunting knife, pocket knife or swiss army knife you have to read the local regulations of the country first. Always properly packaged and secured, most of these can be seen as “tools” for hunters, explorers, and survival enthusiast, but it is always wise to check the rules and how they apply locally. You can check our article on forbidden items for more information. Also note that some countries even ban the carrying of certain white weapons, although this would not affect your shipment it may affect the person you are sending the package to. Moreover, some courier companies may refuse to ship your package if your knife falls into their forbidden category.
All of this said, there are some types of knives that are heavily restricted or even forbidden blades in many countries, and logically you cannot send your knife there. The most problematic blades include switchblades, butterfly knives, automatic knives and concealed knives (made to look like something else, like lipstick blades). Bigger blades, such as machetes or swords are also a special category that you should research beforehand. These are heavily controlled and may be confiscated in customs. Please check the regulations of both the sending and the receiving country to be sure you are not behaving illegally.
How to properly pack knives to send them internationally
The best way to transport knives is to put them in their cases or sleeves if they have them. If not, fabricate a case with a sturdy cardboard and protect the blade. Make the case fit so that the blade does not move but loose enough so that it does not get cut. Then secure the handmade case with plenty of adhesive tape. Cover the case with packing material and put the knife in a box, filling all the spaces. Secure and close the box and make sure the knives are not loose inside to stop them from moving. If you have any doubts on what materials to use or how to prepare your knives for shipping, you can learn how to prepare your shipment here.
As we have mentioned before, being upfront with the content of your package and preparing the package carefully are very important, but do not guarantee that the courier company will accept the shipment. Please check the regulation of the receiving country and the courier companies exhaustively before you decide to send a knife to another country.
Last modified: March 27, 2019