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Prohibited and restricted goods

Is it possible to send everything? Frankly, no – you cannot. There are actually a couple of goods that are prohibited for (international) transport, due to safety, health risks or trade embargoes. Since every carrier has their own policies for processing dangerous substances and goods we provide you with a general breakdown.

We highly dissuade sending these goods. If you, however, really really wish to send these, please take into account that you may have to deal with surcharges, delays or even confiscation by the concerning authorities. This list applies to all means and modes of transport.


Should you have doubts or questions regarding the (im)possibilities of shipping your consignment, please contact us! We kindly provide you with advise concerning any possible restrictions. It might save you a lot of frustration and unneeded financial trouble.

Prohibited Goods

  • Animal skin / Fur / Animal organs and parts / Ivory and ivory products Goods with a particularly high value (e.g. artworks, antiques, precious stones, gold and silver)
  • Dangerous Goods / Hazardous Goods / Fireworks
  • Fluids - Adhesives / Paint
  • Firearms / Swords / Knives / Weapons
  • Live animals
  • Money / Keys / Transferable securities / Payment
  • Perishable goods
  • Personal belongings
  • Plants and seeds
  • Pornographic material
  • Tobacco and tobacco products / Drugs / Medications / Alcohol
  • White goods / Refrigerators / Ovens / Microwaves / Washing machines / Dishwashers / etc.
  • Fire extinguishers

Dangerous Goods

To meet the stringent requirements regarding the transport of dangerous goods and to keep everyone out of trouble, Select Courier does not accept substances classified as dangerous in the most recent edition of the Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions. If you have questions or doubts regarding the (im) possibilities of transporting your goods, don't hesitate to let us know.

You can find more information about the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act right here.

There are nine classes of hazardous substances. Select Courier does not accept materials and products that fit in any of these.

Restricted Goods

Limited liability applies when sending this type of goods. Practically, this means we do not accept claims for damage or breakage regarding restricted goods. Only claims for loss are considered – provided the packagings of these goods meet our packaging guides.

  • Furniture (except when flat-packed)
  • Engines - Generators and / or components containing oil - unless rinsed
  • Batteries - Except dry batteries
  • Glass / Ceramics / Porcelain / Marble / Resin / Stone - or any product containing any of these materials
  • Computers / Laptops / Monitors / TFT screens
  • Televisions / LCD Screens / Plasma screens / projectors etc.

Musical instruments should be packed in appropriate hard cases with quilted lining. Furthermore, if you wish to save the trunk from damage, you should pack it into an extra box.

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