How to Ship Paint Internationally

How to send paint by post or courier

Shipping paint is tricky because paint is classified as a restricted item by most postal and courier services. If you plan on shipping paint internationally, you must use proper packaging and follow the shipping regulations. Check the guidelines below on how to send paint safely by post or courier.

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Paint and varnish are usually restricted or prohibited for shipping. Please note that insurance may not apply.


Courier services for shipping paint internationally

See below the transport options you can consider depending on the size and time-sensitivity of your shipment. Please bear in mind that we are currently unable to offer shipping options for paint items that are considered Dangerous Goods:
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* Please bear in mind that some courier companies may include paint and varnish in their list of prohibited items. For any clarifications, please contact our team of specialists via chat.


Packing guide for sending paint by post or courier

When shipping paint internationally, correct preparation and packaging are essential to prevent issues in transit:

  • Close the paint can tightly and clean it. Secure the lid with extra clips, metal clips or plenty of tape.
  • Cover the paint can in bubble wrap, then secure the bubble wrap with tape.
  • Pack the wrapped can inside a leak-proof inner packaging, such as a sealed polythene bag or plastic container with a screw top. This is an additional step, but it is highly recommended as an extra safety measure.
  • Place the inner packaging inside an appropriately-sized cardboard box.
  • Fill empty spaces in the box with cushioning materials such as packing peanuts.
  • Close and seal the box with tape.


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How to ship paint internationally – rules and regulations

Before sending paint by post or courier, make sure that this specific type of paint is not on the transport company’s list of prohibited items for shipping. For this, you will need to check whether the paint is water-based or solvent-based on the manufacturer’s website. As a general rule, solvent-based paints, along with primers, varnishes, wood stains, thinners and lacquers, are classified as hazardous and cannot be shipped by regular courier services, while water-based paints can be sent by courier.

  • Water-based paints usually include words such as Latex, Vinyl, Acrylic or Chalk on the packaging.
  • Solvent-based paints usually include words such as Alkyd, Oil-based, Urethane, Epoxy, Varnish or Polyurethane on the packaging.

Before shipping paint internationally, you need to do the following:

  1. Check the national regulations of the pick-up and delivery countries on the websites of the official customs authorities.
  2. Check the courier company’s internal policies related to shipping dangerous goods.

At Eurosender, private individuals cannot send paint products using our services. Anyone that decides to ship such products anyway, does so at their own risk and are strongly advised to pack the item properly. Regardless of whether you send paint by post or courier, it is not recommended to send more than 1L when shipping to other countries.

Licensed manufacturers and resellers can send paint only under special agreements with authorised carriers. They must also comply with the safety, packaging, labelling and import regulations of the destination country. They must have all the required certificates and ship the paint in suitable leak-proof containers maintaining the optimal temperature.


FAQ on sending paint by post or courier

Can I send paint internationally with every courier company?
No, each courier company has its own rules regarding shipments with restricted and prohibited items. For example, DHL, FedEx, TNT and UPS will not ship parcels that contain paint within the content.
Before booking any delivery service, we recommend checking the rules of the designated courier for your route. When shipping with Eurosender, please know that these items are not allowed when booking the Express or Regular Plus shipping services. The courier may refuse to collect the parcel if it contains prohibited items such as paint. If you need further assistance, you can reach us by chat, phone or email before shipping to discuss your options further.
Can I send paint in the post?
Some postal companies such as Royal Mail and USPS may allow users to send paint within the quantity limitations if the paint is water-based and not solvent-based. Latex paint or a similar water-based paint product that is not flammable or combustible is not regulated as a hazardous material and, therefore, is not restricted.
Before sending paint by post or courier, we recommend checking all the regulations that apply in your case to avoid any problems.
How do I ship spray paint internationally?
Aerosols, including spray paint, cannot be shipped internationally as they are considered dangerous goods due to their flammability. These items are prohibited by air freight services, such as our Express Service. Licensed companies shipping spray paint internationally can only transport them by road.
Read more about the regulations for shipping aerosols internationally.
How much does it cost to ship paint?
The cost of shipping paint internationally depends on the pick-up and delivery destinations and the size of your load. The shipping costs are usually lower when using a regular shipping service by road, while express solutions tend to come at higher prices. You can use our tool below to get an idea of how much shipping costs, but please avoid including any prohibited item on your package.
How can my business ship paint cans to customers across Europe?
If you want to ship multiple paint cans domestically or across Europe, the Van Service is the fastest and safest option. You get an entire van dedicated exclusively to your shipment, with direct delivery from point A to point B.
If you are a business, send us a message so we can discuss the options available for your product distribution.
Is shipping paint overseas covered by insurance?
There is no insurance (base or additional) covering shipments by individuals that contain restricted items, including paint. As for businesses, insurance coverage depends on multiple factors, such as:
  • The type of paint
  • The chosen shipping service
  • Previous agreements between the shipper and the courier provider

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Take these guidelines into consideration when shipping paint overseas. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your parcel without restriction. If you decide to send paint by mail or courier, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transport of your shipment.