A Guide on How to Ship Nail Polish Internationally

Can you send nail polish in the mail or by courier?

Find a suitable logistics solution for shipping nail polish internationally. Follow our instructions on how to ship nail polish to prevent spills or leaks during transport. Check the regulations for sending nail polish overseas by mail or courier to ensure a successful delivery.

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Nail polish is usually restricted or prohibited item for shipping. Please note that insurance may not apply.


How to ship nail polish internationally

Since shipping nail polish overseas via air freight services is not allowed, the best option to send such items is by road. See our most recommended ground delivery service:
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* Please bear in mind that some courier companies may include nail polish in their list of prohibited items. For any clarifications, please contact our team of specialists via chat.


How to pack nail polish for shipping

Although most postal services and couriers do not recommend sending liquids, nail polish is still a popular item to mail internationally. It is very important that you use quality packaging materials and pack the nail polish properly for shipping internationally to avoid potential damage to your package or other goods in transit.

  1. Ensure each lid is closed tightly to avoid leaking during transport.
  2. When sending multiple glass bottles of nail polish, wrap each bottle individually with bubble wrap or several layers of paper.
  3. Pack the wrapped nail polish in Ziploc or plastic bags.
  4. Protect your nail polish bottles by placing long strips of cardboard between rows and smaller ones between each bottle to prevent damage caused by contact or movement.
  5. Fill the voids in the box with cushioning materials such as packing peanuts and bubble wrap.
  6. Close and seal the box with tape, ensuring the sides are reinforced.
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Regulations for sending nail polish in the mail or by courier

Nail polish and nail polish remover are considered hazardous substances, falling within Class 3 Flammable Liquids. For this reason, most postal and courier services have restrictions or prohibitions on shipping nail polish.

Specifically, air freight services such as the Priority Express Service do not allow nail polish containing flammable substances to be shipped overseas.

If you wish to send nail polish by mail or courier, please check their restrictions, as well as any relevant country-specific regulations.


FAQ on how to ship nail polish internationally

Is it safe to mail or ship nail polish internationally via courier?
Due to the flammable chemicals they contain, nail polish, gels, varnishes, removers, and lacquer are typically restricted or prohibited items by major couriers like DHL, TNT, and UPS.
While some individuals still choose to send these items at their own risk, it is important to ensure they are properly packed for shipping.
Please be aware that shipping insurance will not apply to restricted and prohibited items.
Can nail polish be sent in the mail domestically or internationally?
Most postal services have restrictions on sending nail polish due to its flammable properties. For example, Royal Mail or USPS prohibit the shipment of nail polish through air transport.
Nail polish may be sent within the UK and the USA using ground transport services.
Be aware that there are limits on the number of liquids that can be sent in a single parcel, so it is best to double-check with the postal service before sending your items.
Many people mail nail polish in parcels with clothes or other personal items. If you choose to send nail polish in the mail, remember to pack it well since you will not be able to receive compensation in the unlikely event of loss or damage.
How do you send nail polish internationally from the UK?
For businesses: Although shipping after Brexit is now more complicated than before, it is still possible for companies to send nail polish overseas from the UK. Your shipment will go through regular customs clearance procedures.
This means that you will have to pay VAT charges and duties, aside from preparing all the required documentation for the authorities. Businesses can only ship restricted items, such as nail polish, with authorised couriers.
For individuals: Nail polish is included in the restricted and prohibited items list of most courier companies.
If you decide to mail or ship nail polish internationally, remember that every shipment sent to or from the UK will pass through customs.
If any prohibited item is discovered, the parcel may be returned to the sender instead of being delivered to the recipient.
How to ship nail polish internationally via courier?
The best way to ship nail polish via courier is through our Standard Service.
You can follow our packing tips above to ensure your items are properly packed for shipping. Since nail polish is a great gift idea, people usually pack it with other belongings, such as clothes.
Bear in mind that if you decide to ship nail polish overseas, you do so at your own risk, as insurance coverage will not apply.
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Take these guidelines into consideration when mailing nail polish locally or internationally. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your parcel without restriction. If you decide to send nail polish in the mail or by courier, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transport of your shipment.