Checking with couriers and customs
There are ways to avoid making mistakes, with researching advised. Buying that expensive gift can be very costly, as one customer found out. Your items may be destroyed and not returned if you make a mistake, so check with the IATA governing body.
Common banned items
1. Some goods are considered too dangerous to send by courier, including bleach and other household cleaners. Some couriers offer a dangerous goods service, so it is best to check first.
2. Animal products such as fur, skins, and horns such as ivory are prohibited and cannot be sent under any circumstances.
3. Do you want to send batteries? Car batteries are not allowed due to the risk of explosion, so don’t try to send one by courier service.
4. Firearms and other weapons are on the banned list. This includes items such as knives and swords in addition to guns and rifles. Try not to send a chainsaw, as you will have difficulty – this is considered a weapon.
5. Toiletries such as nail varnish and aerosol sprays are on the banned list. Although they may seem appropriate for delivery by couriers such as https://www.uk-tdl.com/man-van.html, they are dangerous items!
6. Do you want your family to try that cheese you love? Don’t try to send it through a man and van in Slough, as dairy products are on the banned list. These are live products and are not allowed in certain countries. Don’t attempt to send any fresh food either, as perishable goods are unsuitable. Tinned goods are allowed, providing they have a decent expiry date.
7. Tobacco is most definitely on the banned list and you should not attempt to send this by courier. The same applies to all drugs, as they are illegal in most countries. Be careful of alcohol, as some countries are dry and alcohol consumption is prohibited.
8. Be careful about sending plants, as they are also banned from delivery. This extends to seeds.
The list is exhaustive and surprising in places, so it pays to do your research!