Most logistics companies have a list of items considered restricted or prohibited to ship. While restricted products can still be shipped under certain conditions, prohibited items will simply be refused for shipping by courier companies. At the same time, different restrictions may apply to individuals and companies when shipping internationally. Get advice from our experts and be informed of the current international restrictions when shipping goods domestically and abroad.
WHAT IS PROHIBITED?
Individuals: Shipping alcohol between individuals isn’t allowed in most countries; therefore, when opting to send alcohol through the post or by courier, individuals do it at their own risk.
Companies: Light alcoholic beverages are allowed to be shipped as freight or by online authorised shops whilst heavy alcoholic drinks should only be shipped through authorised logistics providers.
Tobacco, cigarettes and cigars
Individuals: It is forbidden to ship any type of tobacco between individuals in most countries. By deciding to post cigarettes, individuals are doing it at their own risk.
Companies: Businesses producing or distributing tobacco products can ship them via authorised logistics providers.
Individuals: Shipping small quantities of liquids may be allowed in some countries and by some couriers. For others, mailing liquids may be considered strictly forbidden.
Companies: Businesses producing or selling liquids are allowed to ship them by post or courier under special agreements or through authorised entities.
Both individuals and companies are allowed to send items containing batteries by post or courier. It is advised to keep the batteries inside the devices without being fully charged.
No more than 2 cells, ≤20Wh
No more than 4 cells, ≤100Wh
Individuals: Fresh food and other perishable goods are forbidden to be shipped by individuals due to the high possibility of getting damaged and damaging other surrounding packages. When choosing to ship perishable goods, individuals do it at their own risk.
Companies: Businesses producing and selling perishable goods are allowed to ship them under certain conditions and fulfilling the necessary requirements. Temperature-controlled shipping services are typically used to transport perishable goods.
Individuals: Fragile items can easily get damaged during transport and, therefore, shouldn’t be shipped by individuals. By deciding to ship fragile items, individuals are doing it at their own risk.
Companies: Businesses shipping fragile items usually have pre-agreed terms with courier companies and are therefore allowed to ship them.
Toxic, flammable or hazardous products
Individuals: Products containing toxic, flammable or hazardous substances are forbidden to ship. By choosing to send these types of products, individuals do it at their own risk.
Companies: Businesses producing or distributing products containing toxic, flammable or hazardous components can ship them through authorised logistics providers.
Firearms & ammunition
The shipment of firearms and ammunition is strictly regulated. Therefore only authorised businesses are allowed to ship firearms and ammunition through licensed and specialised logistics providers.
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