Is sending paint by courier allowed?

Sending paint by courier can be useful when the color you need is not available in the area or when you are a small business that wants to expand territory by providing shipment of bought goods. Unfortunately, because paint is on the list items couriers are not keen on sending abroad, but after reading our guidelines and with caution, you can decide on sending paint by courier.

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Due to the nature of the paint, courier companies may have reservations when it comes to transporting them and they may refuse to carry them, and in the case of loss or damage, insurance may not apply. Items of this type are always sent at the sole responsibility of the sender.

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After placing the order, Eurosender will take over and will deal with all stages of shipping. Eurosender contacts the courier companies on your behalf. We make sure that no problems arise, we will help you with questions during or after the booking process and we’ll make sure each parcel reaches the indicated address safely and on time.

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Delivering paint by courier

Delivering paint by courier should start with proper preparation. At the very beginning, it is worth getting familiar with the rules and restrictions for dispatching paints. We will inform you on some do’s and don’ts concerning sending paint by courier, packaging material and properly preparing your parcel.

Before you ship varnish abroad or other paint-based materials:

  • Measure the size of your shipment and enter the data in our dimensions calculator to find out which services will be most suitable.
  • Eurosender will let you know whether or not you will have to attach a label to your parcel.
  • We advise you to take at least two working days extra for your shipment, in the case you are moving out

Check the parcel size and select the service.

What kind of paint is this?

Delivering paint by courier will only be successful if its type is not on the list of prohibited items to ship of courier companies.

Determining whether the paint is water-based or solvent-based is usually the best indication. As a general rule, solvent-based paints are usually classified as hazardous and subject to strict transport regulations, while water-based paints are usually not.

  1. Water-based paints usually contain words such as latex, vinyl, acrylic or chalk on the packaging.
  2. Solvent-based paints often contain words such as oil, urethane, epoxy, varnish or polyurethane.

If you are still unsure about the content of the paint, it is best to look at the manufacturer’s website, where the product catalog contains all the necessary information about the composition of the paint.

Delivering paint by courier: choosing the right materials

We recommend you get the following materials when sending paint by courier. You can find them in your local supermarket, in a hardware store or in a dedicated shop:

  1. Paint can clips to seal the lid firmly.
  2. Plastic (zip-lock) bags that will prevent any spillage.
  3. Bubble wrap for protecting the cans against outside forces.
  4. Cushioning material such as crumpled paper, old newspapers, packing peanuts, etc.
  5. Cardboard boxes. A smaller and a larger one.
  6. High-density polyethylene sheets for shock absorption.
  7. Tape to secure everything.
Delivering paint by courier: prepare your shipment

When packaging paint for shipping, there are two things to keep in mind. First, make sure that the can, cannot open under any circumstance. The second is if the paint can, for any reason, does open during transport, the liquid content cannot spill. Therefore, we encourage you to take the following steps:

  1. Close the can properly and clean.
  2. Secure the lid with additional clips, metal clips or a lot of adhesive tape.
  3. Pack everything in plastic (zip-lock) bags that will be thick enough to withstand the weight of the spilled paint. Double check if they are properly closed so that no spilled paint can escape.
  4. Wrap the cans in bubble wrap for protection, apply tape to fix everything.
  5. Pack everything into a (smaller) box and surround with cushioning material. Next, seal the box.
  6. Put the (smaller) box into the larger box and secure it with the high-density polyethylene sheets. This will absorb shocks.

If possible, avoid packing multiple and/or large cans in the same box, especially 5L cans. If you send smaller cans and would like to pack them together, each one must be wrapped separately in at least 3 cm bubble wrap (or foam), and then packed together in the middle of the box with another 6 cm of the cushioning material protecting the can.


  • Even though the paint is listed among forbidden items, the courier still picked it up. Why did they return it only after?

Parcels only get scanned and controlled when they arrive the central depot where parcels with similar destination get grouped. Here they have the tools for this, the driver in his van does not. So, when they deem your parcel as dangerous, it will be shipped back to you.

  • Is there any special packaging that will allow me to send paint via courier?

Contact your local hardware store or paint shop if you want to be sure about this. We can recommend you to buy paint can clips to secure the lid and use sturdy zip-lock bags to seal the cans in.

  • I have a business and I need a provider to ship paint on a regular basis. How can I do that?

Many businesses turn to us for their regular shipping needs. We offer a wide range of services for our business customers as well as a reward system. Check our dedicated business page! On top of that, we are also specialized in pallet shipment if you are thinking of shipping big quantities of paint or shipping aerosol paint cans in bulk.


If you have additional questions, please contact our customer service. Our specialists will be happy to answer all your questions and advise on sending paint by courier.

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Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping paints and/or varnish. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to ship paints and/or varnish, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.