Prohibited & Restricted Items

Some articles must not be posted in the International Post. These articles fall into 3 categories:

Articles prohibited by GFS Express

Articles prohibited by the destination country

Articles which cannot be sent when using the GFS Express Courier International service

In addition, some countries will not accept articles which are internationally recognised as valuable items.

Valuable Items

The following is a list of items considered by all Express Companies to be "valuable items":

Coins

Travellers cheques

Securities of any kind payable to bearer

Platinum, gold or silver - manufactured or not

Jewels

Other articles of high intrinsic value

Precious stones: Meaning all valuable natural mineral stone, silica or substances extracted from the group, whether in their natural state or refined, processed, set or treated, and including semi-precious stones and any other natural or synthetic mineral, stone, silica or substance whether in a natural state, cut or uncut, refined, processed, set or treated

Some countries will not accept valuable items into their Express system whatsoever. Other countries may accept them only if insured, and some may accept valuable items in some services but not others.

GFS Express prohibits bullion and bank notes, including all notes of whatever issue or denomination, and the bank notes or currency notes of any other country. This prohibition applies even if the destination country accepts valuables.

Articles prohibited by GFS Express

Bullion and bank notes - including all International notes of whatever issue or denomination, and the bank notes or currency notes of any other country. This prohibition applies even if the destination country accepts valuables.

GFS Express publishes a Dangerous Goods guide which lists in detail all items which will not be accepted. The following list provides examples only, and is not a complete list: 

Explosives - ammunition, fireworks, igniters.

Compressed Gas - aerosol products, carbon dioxide gas, cigarette lighter, butane.

Flammable liquids - alcohol, flammable paint and thinners, flammable varnish removers.

Flammable solids - metallic magnesium, matches, zinc powder.

Oxidising material - some adhesives, some bleaching powders; hair or textile dyes made of organic peroxides, fibreglass repair kits.

Poison including drugs and medicines - although some are acceptable in prescription quantities, and non-infectious perishable biological substances are accepted when packed and transmitted appropriately.

Radioactive material

Corrosives - corrosive cleaning liquid, paint or varnish removers, mercury filled thermometer.

Miscellaneous - magnetised materials, oiled paper, polymerisable materials.

Articles prohibited when using Express Courier International service

In addition to items covered by GFS Expresss prohibitions and destination country prohibitions, the following may not be sent when using our GFS Express Courier International service:

Asbestos

Bees leaches silkworms or any other animal or living organism

Biological substances, infectious or non infectious

Coins

Firearms, or part thereof

Furs

Human or animal remains, including ashes

Ivory

Jewellery

Perfumery products

Pornography

Perishable items

Watches valued in excess of US $150

Precious metals

Precious stones, which means all valuable natural mineral stone, silica or substances extracted from the group, whether in their natural state or refined, processed, set or treated. and includes semi-precious stones and any other natural or synthetic mineral, stone, silica or substance whether in a natural state, cut or uncut, refined, processed, set or treated.

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