United Kingdom

What Are Prohibited Shipping Items?

Certain items cannot be received, stored, shipped, imported and/or exported due to regulatory, hazard, safety or other reasons. Transactions involving these commodities are strictly prohibited, regardless of origin or destination.


Please note: Prohibited items are forbidden to be exported from the origin country or territory or imported to the destination country or territory.


What are Restricted Shipping Items?

Certain items have regulatory, hazard, safety or other considerations and require approval from Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management and Legal departments prior to handling. Transactions involving these commodities are restricted, regardless of origin or destination.


Please note: Restricted items may require special permits or licenses prior to their sale, export from or import to your specified country or territory.


Carcinogenic Substances

Copyright works

Eggs, excluding Specified Pathogen Free (SPF)

Personal consignments of foodstuffs containing products of animal origin (see Notes Section)

Firearms - including toy, replica, antique and paintball guns, weaponry and their parts

Flick and Gravity Knives

Foreign Prison made goods


Infectious Substance

Horror comics and material for printing horror comics

Jerky Products for private importation

Radio Actives

Wood, unprocessed

Whale by-products

Self Defense/Deterrent Sprays

All Animal Products - (see exceptions under NOTES)


Video-senders (used to transmit TV signals) within band 470-854 Mhz

Life size, anatomically correct mannequins (a)

Shipments subject to "Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora" (CITES).

Live Animals (including insects, fruit flies/drosophila melanogaster and nematodes).

All excise shipments (tobacco, alcohol) from within the EU are prohibited unless accompanied by proof of UK excise payment or excise duty suspension documents that includes the Administrative Reference Code (ARC).

Plants of Solanum melongena (Aubergine), Colocasia sp (Patra leaves), Momordica sp (Bitter gourd) and Trichosanthes sp (Snake gourd), originating in India

Hides, skins and apparel from the following animals: Castor Canadensis, Lutra Canadensis, Canis Iatrans, Canis lupus, Iynx Canadensis, Felis rufus , Martes zibellina, Procyon, Iotor, Ondatra zibethicus, Martes pennant, Taxidea taxus, Martes Americana and Mustela ermine are prohibited from certain countries. Send internal mail to stncustomsadmin

corp.ds.fedex.com for clarification on approved countries.

Commodities/products of Iranian origin ("Made in Iran") regardless to shipments origin or destination.

(a) Prior investigation with UK Global Trade Services and ground operations is required. 



The above information is for informational purposes only.  Please consult with the appropriate authorities when deciding to ship internationally.

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