Don't Get Caught Out by Dangerous Goods

Every year, millions of parcels are sent inside UK and to destinations worldwide. While many packages are completely innocuous, a proportion have the potential to pose any adverse health and safety risk and have security implications. - Hazardous Materials

There are specific goods that people would identify immediately like a potentially dangerous and it wouldn't come as a surprise to find them over a prohibited list. Guns, human remains, meat, living creatures and explosive materials are likely candidates to fall under the prohibited category in terms of international parcel delivery.

Other prohibited goods are perhaps not quite as obvious to spot. Money, stamps which have not been franked, lottery tickets, wine and aerosols are typical goods that are prohibited by a few shipping companies. Anyone sending prohibited goods with a carrier, whether they realise it is banned or not, risks having their consignment cancelled immediately.

Some international shipping companies will carry items classed as dangerous goods, but often there are a variety of conditions attached. You'll almost certainly have to pay reduced for sending goods that are potentially dangerous and they'll have to be packed and labelled correctly.

The principles differ from courier to courier and also depend on which country items are heading for, so it is always recommended to seek advice before booking a delivery in order to avoid inconvenience and disappointment.

Do not be tempted to send very damaging goods without declaring them in the hope they will pass through undetected. You will find major health and safety implications and when for example the item is flammable and also you don't realise, you are putting other people in danger.

Customs in every country will differ and thus even if a certain item is allowed, it may need to be labelled in a certain way or have specific documents. If the documents are not so as there is the risk the package is going to be sent back and the international courier will probably be powerless to do anything about this. - Hazardous Materials