Restricted Items

Restricted Items

You can find an amazing variety of things for sale on the UK’s biggest classified ad site. But when it comes to shipping packages by courier, there are limits. As a seller it’s important to be aware of restricted items for courier transport.

Items that are always prohibited

The list of things you can’t send by courier under any circumstances includes:

  • Things which are not dangerous in themselves but could become so in transit, like aerosols, batteries, combustibles, flammables, explosives, compressed cylinders and gases.
  • Illegal shipping items, including animals, weapons, knives, counterfeit goods, currency and cash, hover-boards and Segways.
  • Things with parts that could spill, causing damage during transit, such as engines, gearboxes and white goods.

Loss-only protected items

Some things, because of their fragile nature, can only be protected for loss during transit and cannot be covered for damage. These include:

  • Antiques.
  • Musical instruments.
  • Ornaments.
  • Telescopes and microscopes.
  • Electronic goods, like computers, mobile phones and cameras.
  • Coffee machines.
  • Dinner sets.
  • Paintings, pictures and posters.

Unprotected items

These are items not covered for loss or damage and are sent entirely at the vendor’s risk:

  • China, ceramics and porcelain.
  • Glass and other fragile things, like mirrors, screens and fish tanks.
  • Sim cards, torches and watches.

Before you send, make sure to check any size restrictions for your parcel and you’ll want to take a look at our guide to packaging your items so they arrive safely to your buyer. These restrictions only apply to shipping by courier. So as long as your item is legal, there’s nothing to stop you from meeting in person to complete the transaction face-to-face. If you’re packing up something fragile to deliver yourself, don’t forget to stock up on bubble wrap and parcel tape.