Sending Potted and Outdoor Plants via Courier

Shipping outdoor or house plants abroad by mail or courier

Shipping outdoor plants across the country or abroad may be a tricky task, but it is definitely not an impossible one. Discover how to pack and send potted plants via courier with expert tips from our specialists. Check how to ship plants, flowers, and vegetable seeds in the safest way possible. Booking a shipping service with us takes only a few instants and we will also help you in every step of the way.

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What to know before arranging delivery for potted plants?

Please take into consideration the following steps when you decide to ship live plants by courier:

  • Select the right shipping service for your plants by measuring your parcel and checking its dimensions – which you will need to calculate accurate shipping quotes.
  • Consider the estimated time of delivery when sending plants by courier. Please make sure your plants can survive the transit time.
  • Check whether you are required to print your own label and attach it to the package. When shipping items through Eurosender, you will receive this information by e-mail.


How to ship live plants internationally?

At Eurosender, we offer various shipping solutions for door-to-door deliveries.
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*Please have in mind that some courier companies may include plants in the list of prohibited items. For any clarifications, please contact our team of specialists via chat.


Packing plant seeds for shipping

To make sure your plant seeds are properly protected for shipping, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Put the seeds in Ziploc bags or pouches and place the bags in a plastic food container.
  • Put it in the box, and fill the voids with padding materials, such as crumpled paper.
  • Seal the box with adhesive tape.


Packing small or potted plants in a box

Follow this guide to prepare your plants for transportation before sending them via courier:

  • Water your plant to make sure it is adequately hydrated for the journey.
  • When sending potted plants via courier, you can choose to ship the plant in its pot. In the latter, cover the pot with bubble wrap and put several pieces of cardboard scrap on the soil to secure it properly.
  • If you wish to ship without the pot, remove the plant from the soil and protect the roots of the plant by covering it with several moist paper towels, bubble wrap and a collar of cardboard. Afterwards, place them in a plastic bag secured with adhesive tape.
  • Protect the top of the plant with newspapers or cling film. Put the plant in the box standing upright, if possible, and empty spaces with cushioning material.
  • Seal the box and secure its seams with adhesive tape. Consider labelling it with “Fragile”.


How to pack trees and big plants on a pallet

Guidelines for shipping trees and big plants by freight shipment:

  • Remove the tree from the soil but keep a small amount of it to maintain the tree humid and trim the leaves as much as possible.
  • Wrap the roots with wet paper towels and plastic foil or big plastic bags. Do not soak the paper too much. You can also choose to ship the plant still potted.
  • Protect the pallet with liner paper and place the tree on top.
  • Secure the tree with several straps and bands to make sure it stands still. Alternatively, build a crate around the tree with plywood sheets.
  • Make sure the plant will not be able to move during transit and label your shipment.


Regulations on exporting outdoor plants abroad

Sending plants inside the EU

When shipping plants or seeds within Europe, check whether it needs a phytosanitary certificate, as it depends on the type of plant you are shipping. The same recommendation goes for plant seeds delivery by courier or by mail. The European Union applies strict regulations to plants that are sent from outside the EU. However, there are no legal requirements for additional sanitary checks and certificates if the plant is grown and transported across the EU.

Sending plants to/from countries outside the EU

When it comes to delivering plants to countries outside the EU, it is necessary to check the official requirements and regulations from both countries related to this international plant transportation.

The first step is to check whether the species of plant you want to transport is allowed in that country. Secondly, the sender needs to arrange all necessary documents for it to be cleared in customs. In the USA, for example, one is required to have a permit of transportation and transit when importing plants into American soil. In Australia, the species of the plant must be listed as allowed on the BICON website and may be required to go to quarantine upon arrival.

Before shipping flower bulbs and seeds internationally, it is important to make sure that they present no pest or disease risk. Bulbs should not contain soil.


FAQ about shipping plants by courier

Can I ship plants with every courier company?
It is important to note that not all courier companies will ship plants internationally. For example, DHL, TNT and UPS will not ship packages that contain plants 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.
Is it legal to send plants overseas?
If that species of plant is allowed in the country of destination and you have all necessary documents required for the shipment and customs clearance, shipping plants overseas is possible. Always check what are the rules of the local authorities before shipping such items. In general, small quantities of plants, trees, or plant products could be transported internationally for non-industrial, non-commercial, or scientific purposes.
Is it possible to send indoor or house plants as gifts by courier?
Most courier companies consider plants as restricted or prohibited items. However, many people still choose to ship plants abroad by courier or post since sending indoor or potted plants can be great gift ideas. Make sure your plants are well packed, whether you are shipping a succulent, a cactus or orchids. However, please be aware that when shipping outside the EU, every package (even gifts) must go through customs procedures and the respective taxes may be applied.
What are the most suitable plants for shipping with a courier service?
The most important thing to consider when transporting plants is the transit time, so make sure the plant can survive the duration of the journey inside the packaging. For that reason, less demanding plants such as cacti or succulents might be good options of plants to ship.
Is sending seeds in the mail allowed?
In general, it will not be difficult for you to ship such items by post domestically, even though countries like the USA apply local restrictions for interstate packages sent via postal services. When sending seeds abroad in the mail, you need to check the import regulations and restrictions of the destination country.
Does insurance apply when sending potted or outdoor plants via courier?
Unfortunately, insurance is not applicable to restricted items. Therefore, if you choose to ship seeds or plants abroad, be it succulents, cacti, seedlings or big plants such as fruit trees, you will be doing so at your own risk.
Has the process for shipping plants to the UK changed after Brexit?
From 1st January 2021, a phytosanitary certificate is required to ship most sorts of plants to Great Britain. Besides this, all the plants should have a physical health check at the destination place. From 1st July 2021, they will be inspected at the customs border control posts.

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Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping plants. 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 plants, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.