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Prohibited and Restricted Items for International Delivery

Written by Ecoparcel on June 22, 2020


Almost all shipping companies have an individual prohibited and restricted item list. Some items (that we call “restricted”) may be shipped subject to certain conditions. Shipments containing prohibited items will almost always be rejected and will certainly not be successfully sent to another location.

Different restrictions may apply to individuals and companies when shipping internationally, so we always recommend reading the list of the company you have chosen.


Which items are allowed and which are restricted?

It is important to keep in mind that sometimes the requirements for prohibited and restricted items may differ depending on whether the parcel is sent by companies or individuals. For example, businesses producing or distributing tobacco, alcohol or products containing lithium batteries can ship them through authorized logistics providers. However, individuals are not allowed to send any of these products in most countries and if they choose to do so regardless of the prohibitions, they do so at their own risk.

Restricted items are those whose sending is not recommended. This list includes items that are very fragile and can easily break, very expensive items that can be damaged in the event of an accident, foods that require special conditions to send, and a number of others that you will find on the list.



Speaking of which, Ecoparcel has also compiled a relevant list that you can follow when sending your parcels:


Prohibited Items


  • Dangerous goods
  • Fragile goods
  • Firearms
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Animals of any form (Alive Or Dead)
  • Flammable goods
  • Liquids
  • Oil and any item containing petrol (Liquid, Gas Or Fumes)
  • Guns
  • Perishable Goods (All)
  • Important documents
  • Cash, Credit Cards, Debit Cards

  • Restricted Items*


  • Glass (any kind)
  • Paintings
  • Tyres
  • TVs, Computers, Laptops, Monitors and Screens
  • Food
  • Porcelain
  • Jewellery
  • Diamonds
  • Pictures
  • Telescopes
  • Projectors
  • Bottles (any kind)
  • Suitcases**
  • Soft bags (i.e. sport bag)**

  • *Parcel will lose any kind of insurance if contain following items.

    **Suitcases has to be wrapped in the bubble wrap and placed into the double-layered box, as suitcases are not suitable for road transportation.

    Tags: Shipping, Logistics, Packing, Prohibited, Restricted

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