Can You Ship Spices Internationally

Send spices overseas in the mail or by post

Some spices are difficult to find in local supermarkets, especially more exotic ones. Read more about how to ship the spices you are looking for locally and internationally. Check the rules and regulations for importing and exporting spices to different countries. Consult our logistics specialists if you cannot find the information you need for sending spices via courier.

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Spices are usually restricted or prohibited items for shipping. Please note that insurance may not apply.


Shipping spices internationally via courier

Transport solutions to consider depending on the size and time-sensitivity of your shipment:
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*Please bear in mind that some courier companies may include spices in their list of prohibited items.
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How to pack spices for shipping and exporting

Follow these packaging guidelines to send spices in the mail or by courier safely:

  1. Pack the spices in their original packaging if possible. Otherwise, you can use resealable aluminium bags or pouches.
  2. Place the bags inside a plastic box or food container.
  3. Put the plastic container inside a cardboard box and fill the voids with cushioning materials.
  4. Close and seal the cardboard box with adhesive tape.


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General tips when shipping spices internationally

Can you send spices in the mail locally or overseas?

You can send spices overseas by post or via courier but bear in mind that customs checks and restrictive regulations apply when shipping on certain routes, especially outside the EU. It is important that you check the shipping regulations of both countries before placing your order for shipping spices internationally via courier.

Shipping spices within the EU

If you are shipping spices within the EU borders, your parcel will not need to go through customs before delivery. However, there are restrictions for importing spices from outside the EU because of food colourings and additives that spices may contain. In this case, you will need to check what kind of international shipping documents are required for importing and exporting spices to and from Europe. You usually do not need a health certificate to send spices via courier.

Importing spices in the US

There are no particular restrictions for importing spices and herbs for personal use. However, some items may be subject to restrictions or duties. For example, there are heavy restrictions for shipping spices containing fruit, vegetable leaves or seeds to the United States. It is very important that you check what paperwork is needed for shipping to or from the USA.


FAQ on how to send spices in the mail or via courier

Can I send spices with every courier company?
It is important to note that not all courier companies will send spices internationally. For example, DHL, TNT and UPS will not ship packages that contain spices. 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 the Express or Priority shipping services, please make sure not to include these items as the courier will refuse to collect the parcel. If you need further assistance for spice delivery services, you can reach us by chat, phone or email before shipping to discuss your options.
What is the cheapest way of shipping spices internationally?
If you are shipping within the EU, you can opt for the Standard Shipping Service. Get the cheapest quote by inserting information about the spices you are shipping internationally (pick-up and delivery addresses, parcel dimensions and weight, etc.) in our booking tool below.
Can I send or import spices to the UK after Brexit?
For businesses: Although shipping after Brexit is now more complicated than before, it is still possible for companies to ship spices to the UK from overseas. All shipments to and from the UK are now subject to customs controls. This means that you will have to pay VAT charges and duties, aside from preparing all the required documentation for the customs authorities.
For individuals: Spice is a food item and therefore included in the restricted and prohibited items list of most courier companies. If you decide to ship spices in a package, bear in mind that every shipment sent to the UK will pass through customs and the package may be returned before it enters the country.
Can I legally send spices by mail or courier?
You can legally send most spices containing specific sweeteners, colourings and flavourings. However, there may be restrictions for importing certain spices in specific countries. We advise checking the rules of both countries in advance. For example, the UK rejects spices with dye level at and above 0.5 parts per million (0.5ppm) as they are at higher risk of contamination. Examples of such spices are dried chilli and other chilli products as well as curry powder.

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