Prohibited Items

Dangerous Goods

All dangerous goods are prohibited. Class One: Explosives:Any chemical compound, mixture or device capable of producing an explosive-pyrotechnic effect, with substantial instantaneous release of heat and gas. All explosives are prohibited. Examples: Nitroglycerine; Fireworks; Blasting caps; Christmas Cracker Snaps; Igniters; Fuses; Flares; Ammunition, etc.

Class Two: Gases compressed, liquefied or dissolved under pressure: Permanent gases which cannot be liquefied at ambient temperatures; liquefied gases, which become liquid under pressure at ambient temperatures; dissolved gases which are dissolved under pressure in a solvent.

1. All flammable compressed gases are prohibited. Examples: Hydrogen; Ethane; Methane; Propane; Butane; Cigarette lighters; Gas Cylinders for camping stoves, blow lamps, etc.
2. All toxic compressed gases are prohibited. Examples: Chlorine; Fluorine,etc.
3. All non-flammable compressed gases are prohibited. Examples: Carbon Dioxide; Nitrogen; Neon; Fire Extinguishers containing such gases, etc.
4. All aerosols are prohibited.

Class Three: Flammable Liquids: Liquids, mixtures of liquids, or liquids containing solids in solution or suspension which give off a flammable vapour. Any liquid with a closed cup flash point below 60.5° C is prohibited. Examples: Acetone; Benzene; Cleaning Compounds; Gasoline; Lighter Fuel; Paint Thinners and Removers; Petroleum; Solvents, etc.

Class Four: Flammable Solids:Substances liable to spontaneous combustion. Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases. Solid materials which are liable to cause fire by friction, absorption of water, spontaneous chemical changes, or retained heat from manufacturing or processing, or which can be readily ignited and burn vigorously. Examples: Matches (any type inc. safety); Calcium Carbide; Cellulose Nitrate products; Metallic Magnesium; Nitro-cellulose based film; Phosphorous; Potassium; Sodium; Sodium Hydride; Zinc Powder; Zirconium Hydride, etc.

Class Five: Oxidizing Substances and Organic Peroxides: Though not necessarily combust able themselves, these substances may cause or contribute to combustion of other substances. They may also be liable to explosive decomposition, react dangerously with other substances, and be injurious to health. All oxidizing substances and organic peroxides are prohibited. Examples: Bromates; Chlorates; Components of Fibre glass repair kits; Nitrates; Perchlorates; Permanganates; Peroxides, etc.

Class Six: Toxic and Infectious Substances: Substances liable to cause death or injury if swallowed or inhaled, or by skin contact. All toxic substances are prohibited. Examples: Arsenic; Beryllium; Cyanide; Fluorine; Hydrogen Selenite; Infectious substances containing micro-organisms or their toxins which are known to cause (or are suspected of causing) disease; Mercury; Mercury Salts; Mustard Gas; Nitro benzine; Nitrogen Dioxide; Pesticides; Rat Poison, etc. Pathogens in Risk Group 4 and selected Risk Group 3 pathogens listed in Schedule 9, part 5 of the latest edition of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations are prohibited. Examples: Clinical, environmental and medical waste; Obelia; Foot and Mouth disease.

Class Seven: Radioactive Material: All materials and samples that are classified as radioactive using Table 2-12 of the latest edition of the International Civil Aviation Organ is at ion's Technical Instructions. Examples: Fissile Material (Uranium 235,etc.); Radioactive Waste Material; Uranium or Thorium Ores, etc.

Class Eight: Corrosives: Substances which can cause severe damage by chemical action to living tissue, other freight, or the means of transport. All corrosive substances are prohibited. Examples: Aluminium Chloride; Caustic Soda; Corrosive Cleaning Fluid; Corrosive Rust Remover/ Preventative; Corrosive Paint Remover; Electric Storage Batteries; Hydrochloric Acid; Nitric Acid; Sulphuric Acid, etc.

Class Nine: Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods :Substances which present dangers not covered elsewhere. Examples: Asbestos; Dry Ice (solid carbon dioxide); Mag ne ti sed Material with a magnetic field strength of 0.159 A/m or more at a distance of 2.1m from the outside of the parcel.

Arms and Ammunition

All types of ammunition are prohibited from being sent using any of the Services. Section 1 and 2 arms and firearms may be permitted for Zone 1 to Zone 1 collections and deliveries for account Customers only, subject to prior written agreement being provided to the Customer, such agreement to be given at Parcel for youes absolute discretion. Zone 1 to Zone 1 Collections and deliveries of Section 1 and 2 arms and firearms will only be accepted where it can be shown to Parcel for you satisfaction that both the Customer and the addressee are registered firearm dealers. All types of firearms are prohibited from import and export to and from the UK

Further information about UK firearms law can be obtained from the Home Office.
Tel: 020 7035 4848
Email: public.

Controlled drugs may not be sent by any Parcel for you service. Those discovered in transit will be stopped, and handed to Customs or the Police, who may take legal action against the sender and/or addressee. Examples: Cocaine, Cannabis resin, LSD, Narcotics, Morphine, Opium, Psychotropic substances etc.

Foul or disgusting material is prohibited.

Indecent, obscene or offensive articles
Indecent, obscene or offensive communications, prints, photographs, books or other articles, and packets bearing grossly offensive, indecent or obscene words, marks or designs are prohibited. Those discovered in transit will be stopped, and handed to Customs or the Police, who may take legal action against the sender and/or addressee.

Lottery tickets
Tickets and related advertisements for illegal lotteries are prohibited.

Miscellaneous manufactured articles
Goods made in foreign prisons, except those imported for a non-commercial purpose of a kind not manufactured in the United Kingdom , or those in transit.

Alcoholic beverages
Alcoholic content should not be greater than 70%. In addition, alcohol that will result in excise duty cannot be sent on our Global Priority and Euro 48 services.

These articles may only be posted in their retail packaging.

Christmas crackers
May only be posted in complete made-up form and in their retail packaging.

Counterfeit currency and postage stamps
Prohibited unless no longer available for current use and therefore of value only as collectors items.

Diagnostic specimens
All diagnostic specimens must be posted in packaging that complies with Packing Instructions 650. The total sample volume/mass in any package shall not exceed 50ml/g. Diagnostic specimens are only permitted for destinations within the United Kingdom.

Infectious substances
We will only accept Infectious Substances in Risk Groups 1, 2 and 3. Samples known or suspected to contain Infectious Substances in Risk Group 4 are prohibited, as are selected Risk Group 3 pathogens listed in Schedule 3, part 5 of the latest edition of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. All infectious substances must be posted in UN 2814 or 2900 approved packaging as detailed in Packing Instructions 602. The total sample volume/mass in any package shall not exceed 50ml/g. Infectious substances are only permitted for destinations within the United Kingdom.

Misleading endorsements
Parcels must not bear words, marks or designs which are unauthorized and which may reasonably lead the recipient to believe that the packet has been sent On Her Majesty's Service.

Perishable articles and foodstuffs
Fresh fruit, meat, fish and other perishable articles should be able to withstand a journey of up to 2 days and must be sent by guaranteed next day service as a minimum requirement within the UK . Packages must be clearly labeled "PERISHABLE".

Packages of fish should be smoked or chilled, and sealed in vacuum packs before consignment. In all cases they must be enclosed in adequate polystyrene containment to prevent contamination. It is the responsibility of the shipper to package all perishable articles in such a manner that during transport within the system the contents are kept at an appropriate temperature that is unlikely to give rise to a risk to health. Any foodstuffs, whether perishable or not, cannot be exported using our Global Priority and Euro 48 services. This includes seeds and other vegetable products intended for further processing.

Prescription drugs
Prescription drugs sent for medical or scientific purposes, for example from a medical practitioner to a hospital, must contain the address of the sender in case of non-delivery, so that they may be returned without delay. The properties of these drugs, should not meet any of the criteria of the 9 UN hazard classes when classified by the sender. Drugs in prescription quantities may be sent by private individuals in the case of emergencies. In all cases, the sender's address must be included on the inside of the package.

Sharp objects
These items may only be posted if they are packaged appropriately so that they do not present a risk to employees, other packages or recipients.

Financial documents
Money - bankers drafts, current bank notes, currency notes or coins, credit cards, debit cards, uncrossed postal orders which do not state to whom they are to be paid, cheque's or dividend warrants which are uncrossed and made payable to the bearer; bearer securities including share warrants, Scripts, or subscription certificates, bonds or relative coupons, unfranked postage or revenue stamps, (except a revenue stamp embossed or impressed on an instrument which has been executed); coupons, vouchers, tokens, lottery tickets, scratch cards or similar documents which can be exchanged themselves or with any other document for money, goods or services; national insurance stamps; all tickets, including travel and events. None of the above can be sent on any Parcel for you export service. They can be sent on a Parcel for you UK service.

Works of art
Works of art cannot be exported using our Global Priority and Euro 48 services.

Live plants cannot be exported using our Global Priority and Euro 48 services.

Human remains
Human remains cannot be sent using any of our services. The only exceptions are remains for medical testing with the correct licences.

No Compensation Items

The following items (or any item similar in description or content) can only be carried on a no compensation basis on any service.
Any person sending such an item does so at their own risk:

  • Amber
  • Antique
  • Beswick Figure
  • Bottles
  • Bulbs
  • Camera
  • Canvas Print
  • Car Door
  • Car Panel
  • Ceramics
  • Chandelier
  • China
  • Chocolate
  • Clock
  • Computer Monitor
  • Concrete
  • Confectionary
  • Crockery
  • Crystal
  • Delicate Items
  • Detergent
  • Diamonds
  • Dinner Service
  • Documents
  • Fiberglass
  • Figurine
  • Fish Tank
  • Fishing Rods
  • Food
  • Fragile Items (All)
  • Framed Painting
  • Framed Photograph
  • Gems Or Gemstones
  • Glass
  • Glassware
  • Gold
  • Hamper
  • Headlight
  • Jewellery
  • Lamp
  • Lampshades
  • Lenses
  • Lighting
  • Lights
  • Marble
  • Microscope
  • Microwave
  • Mirror
  • Monitor (Including Imacs)
  • Ornament
  • Over Head Projector
  • Painting
  • Pewter Figures
  • Picture
  • Picture Frames
  • Plates
  • Porcelain
  • Poster
  • Pot
  • Pottery
  • Precious Metals
  • Print
  • Projector
  • Real Fur
  • Resin
  • Scanner
  • Shower Screen
  • Silver
  • SIM Cards
  • Spectacles
  • Stoneware
  • Tail Lights
  • Telescope
  • Television
  • Tickets
  • Tiles
  • Torches
  • Vase
  • Velux
  • Vermiculite Board
  • Watch
  • Window
  • Window Frame