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Prohibited Items For Shipping Pallets Overseas

07 Dec 2018

There are many different guidelines when it comes to transporting alcohol and meat products across the borders, if you are thinking about shipping these items, there are things you need to know.

Import regulations are different for each country, so it’s important to look this up prior to delivery overseas to avoid a stressful ordeal, costing you money, time and energy.

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Items to be Weary of When it comes to Shipping Pallets Overseas


Alcohol is prohibited at most border controls, however a detailed inventory must be presented. This must include detail of the exact alcohol strength in percentage, the size of the bottle, the total number of bottles and the value of each bottle. However, pure alcohol such as Absinthe or Methyl are strictly forbidden.

Food sTuffs

When you are shipping large volumes of food, a detailed inventory of the produce must be presented. Items such as perfumes or aftershave also fall under this section, as well as tea, coffee or tobacco.

Common households items and electronics

Electronics such as computers or DVDS, must show a serial number and a date of purchase at the border. Common items such as aerosols are permitted in limited quantity.

Guns. drugs and pornography

These are strictly forbidden items, also including paintball guns or soft rifles.


Animals are strictly prohibited across border unless they are plush, plastic, print or stuffed.

Prohibited Items for Shipping Pallets Overseas

The following items are absolutely forbidden for pallet delivery oversea and should not be attempted for shipment under any circumstance:

  • Drugs
  • Living creatures
  • Engines or other automotive parts that have not been fully drained of all liquids
  • Flammable gases or radioactive materials
  • Pornographic materials


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