Prohibited Goods

Prohibited Goods – International Deliveries

Prohibited Item Details

Aerosols Including spray paints, lacquers, solvents, air fresheners, oven cleaners, deodorants, body sprays, hair sprays, shaving and hair removal creams.

Alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content greater than 24% ABV including spirits such as gin, vodka, and whiskey.

Ammunition Except lead pellets and other air-gun and airsoft projectiles.

Asbestos Prohibited

Balloons Filled with non-flammable gas Prohibited

Batteries that are classed as dangerous goods by the latest edition of the International Civil Aviation Organizations (ICAO) Technical Instructions are prohibited. This includes lithium-ion/polymer/metal/alloy batteries sent isolation or with equipment

Lithium-ion/polymer/metal/alloy batteries when sent contained in equipment such as a mobile phone, tablets or laptops or digital camera are not allowed. lead-acid batteries (e.g. car batteries) and sealed lead-acid batteries are also prohibited.

Alkaline, nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) and nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries may only be sent when new and in their original packaging.


Biological Substances (Category B) Human or animal material including, but not limited to, excreta, secreta, blood and its components, tissue and tissue fluids.

Clinical and medical waste for example contaminated dressings, bandages and needles.

Controlled drugs and narcotics Including cannabis, cocaine, heroin, LSD, opium and amyl nitrate.

Corrosives Substances which can cause severe damage to living tissue, other freight or transport by its chemical action are prohibited including aluminum chloride, caustic soda, corrosive cleaning fluid, dyes, acids, corrosive paint, and rust removers, mercury and gallium metal.

Counterfeit currency, bank Including any false instrument or copy of a false instrument notes and postage stamps (within the meaning of section 5 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981) except copies of the old denominations, which are now obsolete and worthless except for collectible value and cannot be passed as tender.

Dry Ice For example UN1845 when used as a coolant for UN3373 or other perishable items.

Electronic items sent with lithium-ion/polymer/metal/alloyion/polymer/metal alloy batteries where the battery is not contained in electronic equipment are prohibited.

Lithium-ion/polymer/metal/alloy batteries when sent contained in electronic equipment such as a mobile phone or digital camera are allowed.

Electronic items containing any batteries Including some high-performance laptops and power tools.

exceeding 100Wh

Environmental waste Including used batteries and used engine oil.

Explosives Any chemical compound, mixture or device capable of producing an explosive or pyrotechnic effect with substantial instantaneous release of heat and gas prohibited e.g. ammunition, blasting caps, fireworks, flares, fuses, igniters, and nitro-glycerine. Items that appear to be prohibited explosive ordnance may be subject to additional checks and delays

Flammable liquids This includes mixtures of liquids or liquids containing solids in solution or suspension which give off a flammable vapor. Any liquid with a closed cup flash point below 60.5 degrees celsius is prohibited e.g. acetone, benzene, cleaning compounds, gasoline, lighter fuel, paint thinners and removers, petroleum and solvents, certain alcoholic beverages, certain perfumes and aftershaves, varnishes and enamels including nail varnish.

Flammable solids Solid materials which are liable to cause fire by friction, absorption of water, spontaneous chemical changes or retained heat from manufacturing or processing, or which can be readily ignited and burn vigorously e.g. adhesives, calcium carbide, cellulose nitrate products, firelighters’ matches, metallic magnesium, nitro-cellulose based film, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, sodium hydride, zinc powder, zirconium hydride.

Frozen water Including packs of ice.

Gases that are compressed, liquefied or dissolved under pressure, permanent gases which cannot be liquefied at ambient temperatures, liquefied at ambient temperatures, liquefied gases which become liquid under pressure at ambient, dissolved gases which are dissolved under pressure in a solvent.

  1. All flammable compressed gases are prohibited e.g. blowlamps; butane; lighters and refills containing flammable liquid or gas; ethane; gas cylinders for camping stoves; hydrogen; methane and propane.
  2. All toxic compressed gases are prohibited e.g. chlorine; fluorine etc.
  3. All non-flammable compressed gases are prohibited e.g. airbags; scuba tanks, carbon dioxide; fire extinguishers; neon and nitrogen.

Goods made in foreign prisons Except those imported for non-commercial purpose, of a kind not manufactured in the UK, or those in transit.

Human and animal remain Including ashes.

Infectious substances Category A Infectious substances are prohibited e.g. Ebola,

UN2814 or UN2900 Anthrax, Foot and Mouth disease as detailed in the latest edition of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Technical Instructions.

Lighters and refills containing Including used butane and petrol cigar and cigarette flammable liquid or gas lighters.

New and unused empty lighters are allowed.

Living creatures, animals and reptiles Except for certain insects and invertebrates.

Money Due to customs procedures we cannot send money to any parts internationally. Empty wallets can be sent at the owner’s risk.

Magnetized material, Magnetised material with a magnetic field strength of 0.418A/m or more at a distance of 4.6m from the outside of the package.

Matches Of any kind, including safety and windproof matches.

Nail varnish, polish and gel FDA – please call for advice, can differ upon destinations.

Obscene publications and unlawful Including obscene or extreme pornography as detailed in indecent images the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 and indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of a child as detailed in section 160 and 161 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

Oxidizing materials and organic peroxides These are substances such as disinfectants that may cause contribute to the combustion of other substances.

They may also be liable to explosive decomposition, react dangerously with other substances and injure health e.g. bromides, chlorates, components of fiber-glass repair kits, disinfectants, nitrates, perchlorates, permanganates, and peroxides, including hair dyes and colorants’ containing peroxide.

Perfume and aftershave Including Eau de perfume and eau de toilette but excluding non-flammable perfumed creams, gels, oils or lotions.

Pesticides Including weed killer and any chemical that is used to kill pests and insects such as fly sprays.

Poisonous, toxic liquids Including substances that are liable to cause death or injury solids or gases if swallowed or inhaled or by skin contact, such as arsenic, beryllium, fluorine, rat poison.

Radioactive material Radioactive materials and samples that are classified as radioactive using table 2-12 of the latest edition of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions e.g. fissile material (uranium 253, etc), radioactive waste material, thorium or uranium ores and luminous dials from aircraft.

Solvent-based paints, Including gloss paint.

Wood varnishes and enamels

Waste, dirt, filth or refuse Including household waste or rubbish.

Note soil samples sent for analysis are permitted provided they are packaged so that any leaks and spills are contained in the outer packaging.

Weapons Including section 5 firearms, CS gas, and pepper sprays, flick knives and other knives that are banned knives under UK laws, tasers and stun guns. Items that appear to be prohibited weapons may be subject to additional checks and delays.

Guns for sporting use – including section 1, section 2 firearms and low-powered air guns – are allowed subject to applicable export controls on the shipment of firearms.

* We reserve the right to refuse any other item banned by law or that in our opinion may be harmful or dangerous to our customers or employees. If you send dangerous goods and do not comply with the applicable terms and conditions and legal requirements then we may deal with the goods as we see fit including destroying or disposing of the relevant goods.

Based on all the requirements herein ONFLIGHT COURIERS CANNOT BE LIABLE FOR goods delayed due to flight technical problems, customs procedures, weather conditions, connections from state to state. *