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Restricted items for EU countries

New customs rules have applied to UK-EU shipments since 1st January 2021. There may be restrictions on particular goods that were not in place before.

Here are some of the most common prohibited or restricted items for EU countries. These may apply in addition to our generic list of prohibited and restricted goods.

  • Alcohol
  • Art and antiques
  • Airline tickets
  • Business cards
  • Ceramics
  • Coffee
  • Computer software and components
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Fabrics (including samples)
  • Finished leather goods
  • Foodstuffs
  • Glass products
  • Liquids
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Mobile phones and accessories
  • Negatives (including X-rays)
  • Passports
  • Personal effects
  • Plant-based products
  • Seeds
  • Soil samples
  • Tea
  • Textiles (wool, cotton)

Please note: some restrictions may be carrier-specific. You should refer to the full list of restricted goods for your chosen carrier and destination before booking your shipment. The following carriers have released overviews of restrictions in EU countries:


DPD (PDF download) [last updated July 2021]

For all other carriers, please refer to our country restrictions pages.

Shipments containing prohibited or restricted goods may be returned to the shipper at cost. If you are unsure about your shipment, please contact our team.

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