by Angela Delaney

Shipping banned, dangerous, hazardous and restricted items

Shipping hazardous items

Prohibited items are also not allowed to be shipped via World Options and our carriers. Goods deemed prohibited include:

  • White Goods
  • Tobacco
  • Money
  • Printer Ink
  • Bullion
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Television
  • Imitation Firearms
  • Knives
  • Pornography
  • Animals and Animal Products
  • Body Parts
  • Lab and Medical Samples
  • Mattresses
  • Non Flat-Pack Furniture
  • Personal Data
  • Perishable Foodstuffs
  • Precious Metals
  • Stamps

You may well be surprised by some of the items appearing on this list and there are numerous reasons behind the decisions to include or exclude items within this category, but this is largely due to safety and whether or not the goods pose a risk to those handling and transporting your shipment.

The implications for those caught attempting to transport such items depends on the rules laid out by each carrier, but typically, goods found to be prohibited will be destroyed and your parcel will either be returned or delayed. Depending on the nature of the case, you may also be reported to the authorities for flouting these rules.

Restricted items

Finally, there are restricted items that may have different rules depending on where you have chosen to ship to. The regulations around these items varies by carrier and by country, so you should check this on a case-by-case basis.

Restricted items include:

  • Alcohol and Champagne
  • Credit or Debit Cards
  • Jewellery and Watches
  • Mobile Phones and Devices
  • Passports

Customs authorities in each country check shipments at random and there is no way to know beforehand whether your shipment will be selected, so it is the responsibility of the person sending the parcel to ensure that it complies.

If you are unsure, contact your World Options account manager to discuss your individual case and requirements. Doing so will minimise the risk of delays, loss of goods and financial penalties if you are found to be shipping anything that falls under the categories above.

For more information about shipping, take a look at our free Ultimate Guide to Business Shipping, which covers everything from packaging to regulations, or find out how here the World Options shipping services could save you time and money on your shipping costs.

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