Monday, 17 January 2011

Prohibited Package Contents on all Parcel Delivery Services

It is important for you to be aware that there are many items which are not accepted on to any International Parcel Delivery or Couriering services. Restricted and prohibited items can vary depending on which parcel delivery service supplier you are using.

We have put together the following guidelines outlining common items which can not be accepted for carriage or storage. This list is not exhaustive and we strongly recommend that you check the guidelines of the individual courier before attempting to send you package. 


The following items cannot be accepted for storage or carriage with any parcel delivery service:

Explosive Material
  • Fireworks
  • Ammunition - cartridges for weapons or gunpowder
  • Helium
  • Weapons or detonators
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Safety matches, torch or cigarette lighters
  • Vehicle Airbags
  • Life Jackets & Self-inflating Rafts
  • Camping Stoves and Fuel Containers

Toxic Chemicals
  • Cleaners and Solvents
  • Insecticides
  • Liquid Bleach and Chlorine
  • Adhesives
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Wet-Cell and Lithium Batteries
  • Pepper Spray
  • Infectious Substances

Flammable Materials
  • Paint or turpentine
  • Compressed air or gas cylinders
  • Fuel - Cooking fuel or any flammable liquids
  • Gasoline
  • Aerosols or Perfumes
  • Mercurial Thermometer or Barometer
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Hair Curlers containing Hydrocarbon Gas

  • All illegal drugs
The police and/or HM Customs will be informed immediately if any illegal drugs are found. This includes Khat. If Khat is found in your shipment you will be fined £100.

Other Items
  • Blank Credit and/or Debit cards

This list is not exhaustive and further information is available from We strongly urge you to refer to the guidelines your chosen courier service. The following links should point you in the right direction.

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