Can You Send Cheese in the Mail?

Send cheese by post or through courier services

Read everything you need to know about sending cheese abroad and avoid any uncertainties. Check the rules and regulations to see whether you can send cheese in the mail or through courier services. Maintain the shipment quality throughout the journey and learn the best way to pack and ship cheese unrefrigerated with our guidelines.

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Transportation solutions to consider depending on the size and time-sensitivity of your shipment:
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*Please have in mind that some courier companies may include cheese in the list of prohibited items. For any clarifications, please contact our team of specialists via chat.


How to pack and send cheese by mail or through courier services?

Follow our guidelines to ensure the good condition of the cheese that you want to send across the country or abroad:

  • Vacuum-seal the cheese if possible.
  • Wrap it tightly with wax paper and plastic or bubble wrap.
  • Use an insulated foam box, and add inside gel packs.
  • Place the cheese on top of the gel pack inside the box.
  • Fill the voids with gel packs, and additional cushioning material to avoid movement.
  • Close and seal the box with tape.

Please bear in mind that not all of our shipping services are suitable for shipping cheese. Please get in touch with our team to discuss your options before shipping.


Regulations for businesses transporting cheese by courier

For businesses

Certified cheese-makers with the correct import and export licenses can send cheese by specialised courier service providers if they comply with the safety, packaging, labelling and import regulations of the destination country and provide all necessary customs documents.

Different countries may require additional documents to import milk and dairy products, such as a Certificate of Origin or Sanitary Import Permit and the correct import licenses. Make sure you check this in detail with the destination country.

For individuals

It is important to note that not every courier company offers service for shipping cheese internationally, as food is on the list of prohibited and restricted items for shipping. Individuals can book transport for such shipments through specialised providers. You should reach to us to discuss the options before booking your cheese shipping.


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Things to bear in mind when shipping cheese unrefrigerated

  • Check the customs regulations of the destination country prior to sending cheese abroad. Some countries do not permit the import of cheese by individuals without proper certificates and cold-chain compliance.
  • Choose a logistics service with a specialised provider offering the shortest transit time when transporting cheese.
  • Check if the selected courier company allows the shipping cheese and similar items.
  • The condition of the shipment may depend on the selected type of cheese.
  • Unlike hard cheese, soft cheese requires cold-chain logistics solutions and cannot be safely shipped through standard courier services.
  • Book the collection early in the week to avoid longer transit times.
  • We do not recommend sending cheese by post or through courier services in the summertime.


FAQ about transporting cheese internationally

Can I ship cheese with every courier company?
It is important to note that not all courier companies will ship cheese internationally. For example, DHL, TNT and UPS will not ship packages that contain cheese within the content. Each courier has specific rules and requirements for different shipments and services, so we recommend checking this further with the designated courier for your route. When booking Express or Regular plus shipping services, please make sure not to include these items as the courier will refuse to collect the parcel. If you need further assistance, you can reach us by chat, phone or email before shipping to discuss your options further.
Can you send cheese in the mail or through courier services?
Perishable goods are often on the list of prohibited and restricted items for international shipping. Even though it is not recommended to ship cheese internationally by mail or by courier, many individuals still opt for shipping it at their own risk along with the other items in the same package, especially within the EU, as such parcels usually do not undergo customs controls. Keep in mind that hard cheese can withstand transportation conditions better than any soft cheese.
Does insurance apply for sending cheese through courier services?
Insurance does not apply when individuals send cheese through courier delivery as this product is on the list of items that are not recommended for shipping.
Insurance may be applicable for businesses if the selected logistics company offers such shipments. We recommend reaching out to us for more detailed information.
Does Eurosender offer refrigerated shipping for transporting cheese?
At the moment, Eurosender does not provide temperature-controlled transportation. However, we are constantly working on expanding our range of services, and we hope that soon we will be able to offer you this option.
How do companies safely ship cheese in bulk to avoid spoilage?
Licensed businesses can safely ship cheese internationally with specialised providers if they have the necessary certificates, and they comply with quality, packaging, labelling requirements and import regulations of the destination country.
If you are a looking for a way to safely ship artisan cheese to your clients or to transport cheese in bulk, you should first check the import and export regulations on the origin and destination countries.
Is transporting cheese by plane allowed?
Yes, it is possible to take certain types of cheese on board. The best-case scenario would be to opt for hard cheese. When flying abroad, different import regulations may become applicable, including the obligation to declare such items. Depending on the route, it is generally allowed to transport the cheese bought in Duty-Free in your carry-on, if it is placed in a sealed, transparent bag with the receipt clearly visible inside. In other cases, it would be better to put it in registered luggage. Severe restrictions apply to liquid cheeses (cottage, ricotta, etc.) and cheese types containing meat (e.g. bacon cheddar, etc.).
Can cream cheese be shipped?
Unlike solid types of cheese, cream cheese presents higher risks of spoilage and thus, in most cases, cannot be safely shipped on a long distance. It is not recommended to choose soft cheese for sending by mail and through courier services.
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Take into consideration these guidelines when sending cheese abroad. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restrictions. In case you decide to ship cheese, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.