Transglobal Express - Worldwide Parcel Delivery
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Dangerous, Hazardous & Prohibited Items

The following restrictions apply to all services offered on our website. However, it is highly advisable to also check the policy of your chosen carrier as further restrictions may apply.

We also recommend that you check with customs at the destination country that you wish to send to, as each country has different policies as to what will be accepted into the country. If you are in any doubt, please contact our customer services team.

Dangerous & Hazardous

The following items are Dangerous and Hazardous goods which should not be shipped under any circumstances. If found within your consignment, items will be destroyed and you will be fined £100.
  • AdhesivesAdhesives
  • AerosolsAerosols
  • Air Bags for CarsAirbags for Cars
  • AmmunitionAmmunition & Guns
    Including firearms/guns, weapons gun powder. Includes parts & spent parts.
  • BatteriesBatteries
    Including wet-cell and lithium
  • Camping StoveCamping Stoves
    Including fuel containers
  • Christmas CrackerChristmas Crackers
  • Solvents and CleanersCleaners & Solvents
  • Compressed Air and Gas CylinderCompressed Air & Gas Cylinders
  • DieselDiesel, Fuel & Gasoline
    Including cooking fuel and any other flammable liquid
  • Dry IceDry Ice
  • Fire ExtinguisherFire Extinguishers
  • FireworksFireworks
  • Hair CurlersHair Curlers
    Hair Curlers containing Hydrocarbon Gas cannot be sent
  • HeliumHelium
  • Infectious SubstancesInfectious Substances
  • InsecticidesInsecticides
  • Life JacketLife Jackets
    Including self-inflating rafts
  • Bleach and ChlorineLiquid Bleach & Chlorine
  • MagnetsMagnets
  • Nail VarnishNail Varnish
    Including Nail Varnish Remover
  • Paint and TurpentinePaint & Turpentine
  • Pepper SprayPepper Spray
  • Perfumes and AftershavePerfume & Aftershave
  • Radioactive MaterialRadioactive Material
  • MatchesSafety Matches
    Including torch and cigarette lighters
  • Seat BeltsSeat Belts
    Including Seat Belt Pretensioners
  • ThermometersThermometers
    Includes Mercurial Barometer (containing mercury)

Prohibited Items

The following are Prohibited Items and are not accepted by any of our carriers.
  • AnimalsAnimals & Animal Products
    Includes animal fur and skin, hunting trophies (including legally acquired), and other animal products.
  • Body PartsBody Parts
    Includes DNA swabs, human remains, ashes, and human hair (including real hair extensions)
  • BullionBullion
  • Dish WashersDish Washers
  • Replica Firearms / GunsReplica Firearms / Guns
  • Fridges and FreezersFridges & Freezers
  • Illegal DrugsIllegal Drugs
  • KnivesKnives & Weapons
  • Lab SamplesLab & Medical Samples
  • Loose FurnitureLoose Furniture
  • MattressesMattresses
  • MoneyMoney (incl. coins, & medals)
  • OvensOvens
  • Personal DataPersonal Data
  • PerishablesPerishables
    Examples include: food, plants and temperature-controlled goods.
  • PornographyPornography
  • Precious MetalsPrecious Metals
  • Printer InkPrinter Ink
  • Sanitary/Phytosanitary goodsSanitary/Phytosanitary Goods
    Examples include: BSA, FBS, Serum, Collagen, edible insects, pet chews, fish, meat, whey/milk and plant seeds
  • StampsStamps
  • TelevisionsTelevisions
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • Tumble DryersTumble Dryers
  • Washing MachinesWashing Machines

Restricted Items

Restrictions apply on the following items which can vary depending on carrier or country. Please call us for further information on 0345 145 1212.
  • AlcoholAlcohol & Champagne
    Individual country and carrier restrictions apply.
  • Credit CardsCredit or Debit Cards
  • WatchesJewellery & Watches
    Carrier restrictions vary depending on value. More information
  • Mobile PhonesMobile Phones/Devices
    Restrictions apply. Please contact Customer Service.
  • PassportPassport

No Compensation Items

We offer no standard liability or insurance cover for damage of any of the following items. Cover against loss is offered on certain items. Click on the information icon for further details.
  • Data (including discs, films, memory cards etc)Data
    Including discs, films, memory cards etc. Available cover:
    • Loss
    • Damage
  • GlassGlass
    Available cover:
    • Loss
    • Damage
  • Electronic Screens, Monitors & DisplaysElectronic Screens, Monitors & Displays
    Available cover:
    • Loss
    • Damage
  • LiquidsLiquids
    Available cover:
    • Loss
    • Damage
  • FurnitureNon-flat Pack Furniture
    Available cover:
    • Loss
    • Damage
  • Pottery & CeramicsPottery, Ceramics & Tiles
    Available cover:
    • Loss
    • Damage
  • Vouchers & TicketsVouchers & Tickets
    Available cover:
    • Loss
    • Damage
  • WatchesJewellery & Watches
    Carrier restrictions vary depending on value. More information
  • Works of ArtWorks of Art
    Available cover:
    • Loss
    • Damage

For further guidance supplied by the CAA, please refer to CAA Examples of Hazardous Goods (download PDF).

How to identify if your goods are hazardous...

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is an international system of labelling for hazardous goods. It is used to identify physical hazards, health hazards and environmental hazards using a number of simple pictograms.

Many hazardous chemicals are particularly dangerous when travelling by air due to the high pressure conditions. Most hazardous items are therefore prohibited by carriers. You will need to check your items for GHS labels before attempting to ship them.

Any items containing any of the following icons must be removed from your shipment:

  • Explosive hazard (symbol: exploding bomb) Explosive materials
  • Flammable hazard (symbol: flame) Flammable solids, liquids, gases and aerosols
  • Oxidising hazard (symbol: flame over circle) Oxidising solids, liquids and gases
  • Compressed Gas (symbol: Gas cylinder) Compressed, liquified and dissolved gases
  • Corrosive hazard (symbol: Corrosion) Corrosive substances
  • Toxic/Acute toxicity (symbol: Skull and crossbones) Toxic materials
  • Health hazard/hazardous to the ozone layer (symbol: Exclamation mark) Harmful materials, including irritants and mildly toxic materials
  • Serious health hazard (symbol: health hazard) Health hazards, including carcinogenic materials
  • Hazardous to the environment (symbol: Dead tree and fish) Environmental hazards
Please note: If you are re-using second-hand packaging, please do not use any packaging with hazard labels, including UN numbers. Your consignment may be stopped and held even if you attempt to cover up the old labels.

Second-Hand Electronic Goods

If you are sending second-hand electronic goods, please first check with the relevant customs authority whether you also need to include a certificate of compliance to prove safety. This is the responsibility of the shipper.

Your Responsibility

It is your responsibility, as the sender, to ensure the contents of your consignments are acceptable and meet all policy and safety requirements. It is important to remember that you are the only person who knows what is inside of your shipment. By taking your parcel, neither Transglobal Express nor the courier acknowledges that the contents are acceptable.

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