This list pertains to things that civvies cannot or businesses, for that matter, I suppose, cannot officially send through any postal means, to another destination. A lot of these items were added in the last few years, 2007 and thereabouts. It applies to all door-to-door and delivery services.
The civil aviation administration seem to have largely participated in providing restrictions on things that only would go by road haulier. The list only partially reproduced here covers everything from the once ubiquitous but now rarely seen matchstick to the deadly christmas cracker covering everything else in between. Well done Britain. You're on your knees I see. Now kiss your masters' ass.
Just a very partial list from: http://www.parcelforce.com/
If we identify a parcel containing prohibited goods, Parcelforce Worldwide may deal with them as it sees fit (without incurring any liability to the customer or recipient) and shall be entitled to charge the customer with the costs of disposal and all other costs reasonably incurred and additionally the sum of £20, if it chooses to return the consignment or any part of it.
To comply with strict regulations Parcelforce Worldwide does not carry any goods classified as dangerous in the latest edition of the Civil Aviation Organisation's Technical Instructions.
There are nine hazard classes which cover these and the examples quoted below must not be taken as full lists of all dangerous goods. We will not accept other materials and products that may be hazardous to our handling staff.
Dangerous goods are defined as those goods which meet the criteria of one or more of the nine UN hazard classes. These classes relate to the type of hazard and are detailed below.
All dangerous goods are prohibited goods.
Class 1: Explosives: Any chemical compound, mixture or device capable of producing an explosive-pyrotechnic effect, with substantial instantaneous release of heat and gas. All explosives are prohibited. Examples: Nitroglycerine; Fireworks; Blasting caps; Christmas Cracker Snaps; Igniters; Fuses; Flares; Ammunition, etc.
Class 2: Gases compressed, liquified or dissolved under pressure: Permanent gases which cannot be liquified at ambient temperatures; liquified gases, which become liquid under pressure at ambient temperatures; dissolved gases which are dissolved under pressure in a solvent.
1. All flammable compressed gases are prohibited. Examples: Hydrogen; Ethane; Methane; Propane; Butane; Cigarette lighters; Gas Cylinders for camping stoves, blowlamps, etc.
2. All toxic compressed gases are prohibited. Examples: Chlorine; Flourine,etc.
3. All non-flammable compressed gases are prohibited. Examples: Carbon Dioxide; Nitrogen; Neon; Fire Extinguishers containing such gases, etc.
4. All aerosols are prohibited.
Class 3: Flammable Liquids: Liquids, mixtures of liquids, or liquids containing solids in solution or suspension which give off a flammable vapour. Any liquid with a closed cup flash point below 60.5° C is prohibited. Examples: Acetone; Benzene; Cleaning Compounds; Gasoline; Lighter Fuel; Paint Thinners and Removers; Petroleum; Solvents, etc.
Class 4.1: Flammable solids, self-reactive substances and solid desensitized explosives.
Class 4.2: Substances liable to spontaneous combustion and
Class 4.3: Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases:
Substances liable to spontaneous combustion. Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases. 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. Examples: Matches (any type inc. safety); Calcium Carbide; Cellulose Nitrate products; Metallic Magnesium; Nitro-cellulose based film; Phosphorous; Potassium; Sodium; Sodium Hydride; Zinc Powder; Zirconium Hydride, etc.
Class 5.1: Oxidizing substances and Class 5.2: Organic peroxides:
Though not necessarily combustable themselves, these substances may cause or contribute to combustion of other substances. They may also be liable to explosive decomposition, react dangerously with other substances, and be injurious to health. All oxidising substances and organic peroxides are prohibited. Examples: Bromates; Chlorates; Components of Fibreglass repair kits; Nitrates; Perchlorates; Permangamates; Peroxides, etc.
Class 5: Oxidising Substances and Organic Peroxides:
Class 6.1: Toxic substances and Class 6.2: Infectious substances: Substances liable to cause death or injury if swallowed or inhaled, or by skin contact. All toxic substances are prohibited. Examples: arsenic, beryllium, cyanide, fluorine, hydrogen solenoid, infectious substance containing microorganisms or their toxins which are known or suspected to cause disease,mercury, mercury salts, mustard gas, nitrobenzene, nitrogen dioxide, pesticides,poisons, rat poison. Infectious substances assigned to Category A are prohibited. Examples: ebola, foot and mouth disease, UN3291 clinical waste is prohibited.
Class 7: Radioactive material: All materials and samples that are classified as radioactive using Table 2-12 of the latest edition of the International Civil Aviation Organisation's Technical Instructions. Examples: Fissile Material (Uranium 235,etc.); Radioactive Waste Material; Uranium or Thorium Ores, etc.
Class 8: Corrosive substances: Substances which can cause severe damage by chemical action to living tissue, other freight, or the means of transport. All corrosive substances are prohibited. Examples: Aluminium Chloride; Caustic Soda; Corrosive Cleaning Fluid; Corrosive Rust Remover/ Preventative; Corrosive Paint Remover; Electric Storage Batteries; Hydrochloric Acid; Nitric Acid; Sulphuric Acid, etc.
Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles : Substances which present dangers not covered elsewhere. Examples: Asbestos; Dry Ice (solid carbon dioxide); Magnetised Material with a magnetic field strength of 0.159 A/m or more at a distance of 2.1m from the outside of the parcel.
ARMS AND AMMUNITION
All firearms including: imitations and antiques; paint-ball or toy guns; taser guns; air rifles and all other items similar to, or resembling, the foregoing are prohibited. All ammunition (including components thereof) and airgun pellets are also prohibited.
Section 1 and 2 arms and firearms may be permitted for Zone 1 to Zone 1 collections and deliveries for Account Customers only, subject to prior written agreement being provided by Parcelforce Worldwide to the Customer, such agreement to be given at Parcelforce Worldwide's absolute discretion. Zone 1 to Zone 1 Collections and deliveries of Section 1 and 2 arms and firearms will only be accepted where it can be shown to Parcelforce Worldwide's satisfaction that both the Customer and the addressee are registered firearm dealers. All types of firearms are prohibited from import and export to and from the UK.
Further information about UK firearms law can be obtained from the Home Office.
Tel: 020 7035 4848
Counterfeit currency and counterfeit stamps are prohibited.
OTHER PROHIBITED GOODS
Controlled drugs may not be sent by any Parcelforce Worldwide service. Those discovered in transit will be stopped, and handed to Customs or the Police, who may take legal action against the sender and/or recipient. Examples: ****, cannabis resin, LSD, leaves from the Catha Edulis plant, narcotics, morphine, opium, psychotropic substances etc.
Foul or disgusting material is prohibited.
Human and animal remains
Human and animal remains (including ashes) are prohibited.
Indecent, obscene or offensive articles
Indecent, obscene or offensive communications, prints, photographs, books or other articles, and packets bearing grossly offensive, indecent or obscene words, marks or designs are prohibited. Those discovered in transit will be stopped, and handed to Customs or the Police, who may take legal action against the sender and/or recipient.
Illegal lottery tickets
Tickets and related advertisements for illegal lotteries are prohibited.
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
Goods made in foreign prisons, except those imported for a non-commercial purpose of a kind not manufactured in the United Kingdom , or those in transit.
Alcoholic content should not be greater than 70%. Alcohol that will result in excise duty cannot be sent on the globalexpress service and to certain destinations on the globalpriority and globalvalue services.
Only dry batteries (for example AA or AAA batteries) in good condition and in their original sealed retail packaging may be despatched. Batteries from laptops, cameras, mobile phones and similar electronic goods must be removed from the main body of the item and packaged separately, but form part of the same parcel/consignment.
Biological Substance, Category B
All Infectious Substances assigned to Category B must be posted in packaging that complies with Packing Instructions 650. The total sample volume/mass in any package shall not exceed 50ml/g. Infectious Substances assigned to Category B are only permitted for destinations within the United Kingdom.
May only be posted in complete made-up form and in their retail packaging. If posting using a BFPO service all crackers should have their 'bangers' removed.