Find out about safe and cost-effective shipping options if you want to send food in a parcel locally or internationally. Before you send food anywhere via courier, read our packaging tips and take a look at the restrictions involved. Consult our logistics specialists if you cannot find the information you need for sending food home or abroad.
HOW TO SHIP
HOW TO PACK
Make sure you go through this checklist before sending food items through the mail or via courier:
When shipping frozen food items that require a temperature-controlled environment, cold packs should never be replaced with ice or anything else that could melt or leak, causing damage.
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THINGS TO CONSIDER
International food shipping is a common practice, even though different restrictions apply to many types of products in different countries across the globe.
Licensed companies working in the consumer products sector can ship all types of food internationally, provided they comply with safety, packaging, labelling and import regulations of the destination country. They must also have all the necessary certificates and pack food items properly for shipping with authorised transporters only.
It is crucial to check whether certain types of products can be legally exported to another country. EU companies willing to send food to the UK after Brexit must know that besides general EU requirements, they must fulfil the criteria for exporting such type of goods and possess the necessary international certifications. Read more about international customs clearance.
If you are an individual, it may be easier for you to send canned and non-perishable food items that do not present the risk of leaking or expiring. In some cases, vacuum-sealed products may also be accepted by some transporters. As a rule, shipping food requiring time and temperature control internationally is a real challenge for individuals because this is a specialised shipping service, which is not in accordance with the strict standard policies adopted by most courier companies. Additionally, you should bear in mind that some food additives, such as BVO, may be legal in the USA, but illegal within the EU and vice versa.
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