What Can be Sent by Courier

What Can be Sent by Courier

People want to send all kinds of things by courier, and most of the time it’s just common sense what can and can’t be sent.

However, some items which may seem harmless do actually pose a threat when in transit and it’s important that we safeguard not only our staff but also the general public. All couriers will have a list of what items can and cannot be couriered, these are very similar from courier to courier.

The rules also depend on where you’re sending your parcel, whether it’s inside Ireland, inside Europe, or worldwide, as different destinations have different customs rules.

Sending apparently harmless things further afield to other areas of the world may even have unforeseen consequences for communities, the environment and ecosystems.

There may also be different rules for businesses as opposed to private customers. If you have a query, call our team today for advice on 01 6610000.

Most private customers that contact us with concerns about whether their parcel can be sent are worried about the size, dimensions, or fragile nature of their parcel. Usually this is not an issue, just call us and we can give you the best advice for your particular shipment.

Over the years we have sent all kinds of things, for example, water cleaning pump systems, washing machines, all types of machinery, refrigerated goods, even cupcakes! We’ll help you figure out how to pack your unusual items to minimise the risk of damage.

What Cannot be Sent by Courier

Most couriers will restrict or prohibit the following items:

  • Aerosols
  • Live or dead animals / organisms
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Certain types of batteries and items containing built in batteries
  • Biological substances and clinical waste
  • Corrosives
  • Dangerous goods
  • Dry ice
  • Electric scooters
  • Environmental waste
  • Explosives
  • Flammable items
  • Gases, compressed air & empty cylinders
  • Hazardous goods, eg asbestos
  • High strength magnetised items
  • High percentage alcohol
  • Hoverboards
  • Many types of knives
  • Many types of animal products
  • Illegal or counterfeit goods
  • Illegal drugs

  • Indecent & obscene items
  • Infectious agents
  • Lighters & refills
  • Liquids over 1l
  • Matches
  • Nail varnish, polish & get
  • Oxidising materials & organic peroxides
  • Perfumes & aftershaves
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Radioactive materials
  • Tobacco & tobacco products
  • Vehicle parts
  • All types of waste & refuse
  • Weapons

What to Pack With…

The following items may be restricted or prohibited depending on the country you are shipping to:

  • Alcohol
  • Animal feed
  • Antiques
  • Appliances
  • Books
  • Christmas crackers
  • Currency, credit & debit cards
  • Documents
  • Food items
  • Furniture
  • Liquids, creams, oils and gels
  • Mobile phones
  • Paint
  • Perishables
  • Plants, plant materials & soil
  • Prescription medicines
  • Printer toners
  • Chemicals
  • Vaping products
  • Works of art
  • Vaping products
  • Works of art

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list as there may be ongoing updates due to circumstances beyond our control. If you have any concerns, please call our team on 01 6610000 and we’ll help you find the most up to date information for your destination country.

Packing Requirements…

Certain restricted or regulated items may be subject to specific packing requirements. Our team can advise you in this regard.

International Sanctions…

The vast majority of our customers don’t need to worry about international sanctions. The chances are, if you are a business customer and your industry is affected, you’ll already know about it. However, it is the sender’s responsibility to ensure that they are compliant with sanctions, so if you have any concerns, you can get up to date information about international sanctions here and here.

Disclaimer: We reserve the right to refuse to carry any item that is wet, leaking, odorous, poorly packaged, incorrectly labelled, or if there is any concern about the contents of the package.

Contact us at 01 6610000 or help@deadline.ie

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