We will not accept any parcel or package that is not packaged securely, as well as having some form of internal protection.

There are many restrictions on the shipment of certain items and all cannot be covered in this section, however, most are common sense.

As a guide, the following are strictly prohibited and should you attempt to send any of these items, then it could result in prosecution:

  • Aerosol cans and sprays, as well as other pressurised containers
  • Airbags
  • Airguns, BB guns, fake guns etc.
  • Alcohol (unless you are a licensed distributor and again dependent on the destination countries regulations)
  • Animal skins and by-products i.e: furs, horns, ivory, fish, meats, any chicken products etc.
  • Beans, Melon, and Honey
  • Articles of exceptional value e.g. antiques, artworks, precious stones, rare collectables etc.
  • Batteries (except dry cell)
  • Biological sample
  • Car Batteries and large bulky parts
  • Corrosive liquids
  • Counterfeit goods or pirated materials
  • Dangerous goods or materials i.e.: explosives, fireworks, radioactive substances, weapons, firearms, chainsaws etc.
  • Dry ice
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Firearms
  • Flammable liquids, solvents etc.
  • Furniture unless flat packed
  • Hazardous substances
  • Human bodily fluids or remains
  • Illegal drugs or substances
  • Jewellery including watches
  • Lighters and lighter fuel
  • Liquids and adhesives
  • Live or dead animals
  • Magnetic goods
  • Mattresses, unless rolled or vacuum packed
  • Money, bonds, cheques and cards
  • Paint unless it is non-hazardous and packaged correctly
  • Passports, birth certificates, death certificates etc.
  • Perishable food items or goods
  • Perfume and any other alcohol-based products
  • Plants and seeds
  • Plasma screens
  • Pornographic material
  • Prescribed medication
  • Refrigeration goods i.e.: fridges and freezers
  • Tobacco or tobacco products
  • Toner powder and cartridges for air transportation
  • Toxic materials or substances


The United Kingdom Prohibited and items:

Nigeria Import Prohibited items

Nigeria Export Prohibited items

The United State of America Prohibited and items:

DHL prohibited items

All countries vary as to restrictions and charges on certain imported goods. Should you have any doubts, then you should thoroughly check this accordingly with the relevant bodies.


Restricted Items

The following items will NOT be accepted for carriage unless otherwise agreed to by GCL. To obtain such agreement a business case will need to be conducted by GCL and the items approved for carriage will be recorded in writing with the Customer.

  • Antiques and works of art with a shipment value in excess of EUR 500,000
  • Banderols / Tax stickers with a shipment value in excess of EUR 500,000
  • Cigarettes, cigars, tobacco products and electronic cigarettes with a shipment value in excess of EUR 500,000.
  • Dangerous / hazardous goods including but not limited to perfumes, aftershaves, aerosols, flammable substances, dry ice, biological substances, UN classified dangerous goods and any goods specified as such under International Air Transport Association regulations (“IATA”), the Agreement on Dangerous Goods by Road (“ADR”) or International Maritime Dangerous Goods (“IMDG”) regulations.
  • Commemorative coins and medals with an individual value or total shipment value in excess of EUR 2,000
  • Financial and monetary commodities – examples include but are not limited to activated SIM cards for mobile phones, blank or activated credit or cash dispenser cards, blank cheques, event tickets, lottery tickets, money or postal orders, pre-paid phone cards, tickets (blank stock), traveller’s cheques, vouchers/tokens, unused stamps etc. Applicable to all shipments valued in excess of EUR 500,000
  • Jewellery and watches and with individual values in excess of EUR 5,000. The shipment must not exceed EUR 100,000
  • Medicinal cannabis
  • Toy guns, firearm parts, tasers and replica ammunition (includes rifle butts, trigger mechanisms, screws/bolts etc which are manufactured for the sole purpose of creating a functional firearm)

Counterfeit Goods

Counterfeit Goods are Prohibited
DHL’s security policy states that it is not allowed to transport counterfeit goods via the DHL network. DHL does not want to be associated with counterfeit goods and upon suspicion of such goods being imported, Customs will be informed. It is prohibited in many countries to introduce counterfeit goods and where proven the Customs authority will seize the goods and penalize the buyer.

If you are offered very low prices for branded goods that are sold on shopping websites or via other channels, you can normally assume that the goods are counterfeit. High quality branded goods that are often copied are:

  • Shoes
  • Clothing
  • Bags
  • Expensive Watches
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Perfumes
  • Electronics

All countries vary as to restrictions and charges on certain imported goods. Should you have any doubts, then you should thoroughly check this accordingly with the relevant bodies.