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Prohibited & Restricted Items

Shipper agrees that its Shipment is acceptable for transportation and is deemed unacceptable if: it is classified as hazardous material, dangerous goods, prohibited or restricted articles by IATA (International Air Transport Association), ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation), ADR (Euro­pean Road Transport Regulation on dangerous goods), any applicable government department or other relevant organisation.

Many items which appear harmless in everyday use can pose dangers on air and or road transport and are consequently forbidden for transport.

In the UK the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) is the governing body responsible for compliance of these rules. Failure to follow requirements may endanger the aircraft, its occupants and result in the prosecution of the person responsible under the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations.

The following goods are classified as DANGEROUS and not permitted

Goods travelling by 'Cargo' (this shipment) are subject to different restriction to those travelling as carry on luggage, as checked baggage (at the airport) or carried on your person at the flight. All items that travel by air are X-Rayed screened to check for compliance. If you have contravened these regulations and such items are found in your shipment, your shipment will be halted and you will be charged a fee by the airline handling agent or consolidator and the shipment will continue to be delayed until such charges have been paid in full. You will also incur a £60 administration penalty.


Aerosols Not Permitted - All aerosols, deodorants, sprays & compressed gas canisters are forbidden

CHECKLIST: Your shipment cannot contain

  1. Aerosols
  2. Air Freshners
  3. Body Sprays
  4. Any other compressed gas cyllinders
  5. Cigarette lighters
  6. Gas cylinders for camping stoves or any other gases

Flammable Goods Not Permitted - All flammable liquids, including perfums and aftershaves

CHECKLIST: Your shipment cannot contain

  1. Perfumes & Aftershaves
  2. Nail Polish/Remover
  3. Household cleaning products
  4. Gels, including shaving gels
  5. Hair Dye?
  6. Other flammable liquids (Oil/Oil based)

Toner Cartridges or Ink - All toner cartridges or ink cartridges heavier than 500g

CHECKLIST: Your shipment cannot contain

  1. Ink or toner cartridges?

Other Dangerous Goods Not Permitted

Explosives e.g.:

Ammunition, Christmas crackers snaps, Fireworks, Fuses, Including weapons or replicas

Radioactive Materials

All oxidizing substances & Organic Peroxides e.g.:

Bleach etc

Corrosive substances e.g.:

All battery types, Corrosive cleaning fluids, Acids and Alkali's, Thermometers (mercury) etc

Toxic & Infectious substances e.g.:

Pesticides, Insecticides, Mercury, Poisons etc

Miscellaneous Dangerous goods e.g.:

Asbestos, Magnetized materials, Dry Ice, Self inflating life jackets


* Restricted items cannot be transported as personal effects to most countries by road, air or sea. The customer is advised to check with Customs in the country of destination whether such goods are permitted.

Animal Products

Animal Skins (non-domesticated), Furs, Ivory & Live Animals

Perishable Goods, Plants & Seeds, Pills & Vitamins

Foodstuffs, Medicines

Money, Items of Exceptional Value

Money, Negotiable Items, Pre-paid Cards, Jewellery & Watches, Works of Art, Antiques, Precious Stones

Liquids including

Alcoholic Beverages are not permitted to the USA & restricted to many other countries.

Tobacco & Tobacco Products

Non compensation on any services

Antique / Art, Ceramic / Clay, Documents, Fragile Items, Glass, Porcelain, Plasma / LCD / LED TV's (unless crated)

Enhanced Parcel Protection

Whilst we take every care to ensure that your parcel arrives safely we recommend that you take advantage of the excellent parcel protection that we offer

Parcel protection can be purchased which give you extra protection in the event of your Package being either damaged or lost.

All services are protected under Rapid Parcel's limited liability to a figure of £50. Shipment protection can be increased through the purchase of 'Standard Liability' which offers extra parcel protection up to the value of £2,000

Please be aware that the following goods are not covered by standard liability and can be sent on a non compensation basis only: Mobile Phones, Palmtops, DVD and Blu ray recorders, portable DVD players, ipods, iphones ipod Touch, ipod shuffle, ipod nano, MP3 players and similar electronic items, Computers £ screens including laptops, monitors, netbooks, Televisions: LCD, plasma or standard, Cameras (digital or otherwise) Camcorders. Brittle and fragile items including but not limited to china, porcelain, glassware. Anything that is particularly frail, easily broken or destroyed.

Where charges are incurred for the removal of Non-Permitted or Restricted goods by an airline, handling agent, consolidator etc, these charges will be passed on to you together with a £60 administration fee, and the shipment will be delayed until such charges are paid.

The customer hereby declares that their consignment contains none of the goods as described on this page and overleaf. Where such non permitted or restricted items are found, Rapid Parcel reserves the right to remove these items and dispose of them without reference to the customer.

In such circumstances the customer will not be due for any compensation, nor will Rapid Parcel be under any obligation to return or forward such items or give any notice that such items have been removed.

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