Shipping Precious Metals and Stones Internationally

How to send precious and semi-precious stones and metals overseas

When shipping precious metals and stones internationally by courier, it is essential to check the relevant rules and regulations beforehand, as these items are restricted. To ensure a smooth delivery, follow the guidelines for shipping gold, platinum, silver, diamonds, or other precious metals and stones overseas.

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Regulations on shipping precious metals and stones in the EU and internationally

Shipping precious metals and stones internationally is usually prohibited by most courier companies because of their high value. Authorised businesses may be permitted to ship precious metals and stones with certain courier companies, subject to specific conditions and the signing of relevant agreements.

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Packing precious metals and stones for shipping

When shipping uncut stones such as diamonds or rubies, or precious metals such as gold and silver, it is essential to keep these valuables safe during transport. Here are some tips to prepare a shipment of precious metals such as gold and stones properly:

  1. Use specialised padded boxes or envelopes for packing diamonds, pearls, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, or any gold or silver jewellery for shipping. This method will ensure a snug fit for your pieces, preventing any unnecessary movement during transport.
  2. Use bubble wrap to protect gold, silver, or platinum bullion bars for shipping.
  3. Get an appropriately sized corrugated cardboard box to be used as external packaging.
  4. Line the box with plenty of cushioning materials such as newspaper, bubble wrap, or foam blocks, then place the packaged metals and stones inside.
  5. Fill any remaining space in the box with more cushioning, then gently shake the package to confirm that there is no movement.
  6. Close and seal the box with adhesive tape. You can also add a “Fragile” or “Handle with care” label.


FAQ on how to ship precious metals and stones internationally

Can I ship gold or other precious metals with every courier company?

Courier companies usually prohibit precious metals and stones from being shipped with their services. For example, DHL, FedEx, TNT and UPS will not ship parcels that contain precious metals such as gold 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 Priority shipping services.
The courier may refuse to collect the parcel if it contains prohibited items such as precious stones and metals. If you need further assistance, you can reach us by chat, phone, or email before shipping precious metals and stones overseas to discuss your options.

Is it legal to ship precious metals (gold) and stones internationally?

It can be legal to ship precious metals and stones depending on the value and the country.
We recommend that you check the regulations of the countries of origin and destination concerning the transport of precious metals and stones.
Some countries may have restrictions on importing and exporting precious jewels and stones, and senders may be required to provide certain shipping documents.

What is the safest way to ship precious metals such as gold?

The safest way to ship precious stones and metals is by booking an armoured courier service with a specialised company. However, this solution comes at a high cost.
You also have the option of choosing a secure courier service for transporting your valuables in a fast and safe manner. You will have an entire vehicle dedicated to your shipment, with direct transport from the pick-up to the delivery address across Europe.
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Can I send bullion internationally?

Yes, but only with authorised logistics companies. It is important to note that the shipping of gold, platinum, and silver bullion is subject to strict regulations, and sending such bullion internationally might result in high customs costs.

Can I ship crystals and gemstones by courier?

Generally, it is not explicitly forbidden to send semi-precious stones and metals overseas, such as crystals or sterling silver, unless the gemstones are considered valuable.
Shipping crystals through the mail is quite common, but due to their fragile nature, it is important to follow the guidelines for shipping fragile items.
If you choose to send gemstones and crystals by mail, ensure that you pack them securely and opt for a shipping service with online tracking to monitor the whereabouts of your pieces.

Is insurance included when shipping precious metals and stones?

Precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, bullion, and precious stones such as diamonds, pearls, rubies, and sapphires are considered high-value commodities by most courier companies, so insurance does not apply when sending these items unless you are an authorised business sending them with a specialised courier.
We recommend contacting our experts before deciding to send precious and semi-precious metals and stones overseas, to discuss the best option for your shipment and insurance options.

Take these guidelines into consideration when shipping precious metals and stones 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 precious metals such as gold or silver by courier, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transport of your shipment.


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Please make sure your shipment does not include restricted or prohibited items, including precious metals (gold) and stones.