Prohibited and Restricted Items List

Prohibited & Restricted Items

Not all items can move through a network safely and some items can cause serious harm to our people and to the public. FDL therefore has a strict policy that aims to minimise the risk and ensure our customers have a clear understanding of goods accepted in our network.

The following items are not accepted into our network. In some cases, goods can be accepted contractually only by agreement in advance, please contact your local FDL representative for details.


Antiques and Works of Art irrespective of value or insurance cover

Active Model Phones




Alcoholic Beverages


Animal Skin

Animals or Organisms of any form (Alive Or Dead) including: mammals, reptiles, spiders, fish, birds, insects and larvae

Any Articles (or part of them) That Are Made Up Of China, Glass, Porcelain, Earthenware Or Other Similar Materials


Aromatherapy Oil

Articles of Exceptional Value (eg, works of art, antiques, precious stones, gold and silver)



Biological Samples

Camping Gas All Types

Cash and cash-like negotiable instruments in bearer form including but not limited to, Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Event tickets, money or postal orders, pre-paid phone cards, traveller’s cheques and unused stamps.

Christmas Crackers

Compressed Air & Empty Cylinders


Corrosive Substances

Counterfeit Currency

Counterfeit Goods

Covid Test


Dangerous Goods in limited quantities as permitted by law and regulations (e.g. perfume, lithium batteries, weed killer) subject to your compliance with all laws and regulations relating to these items, including the mandatory limitations on quantities and any specific documentation, labelling and packaging requirements



Driving Licence

Drugs (including prescription)

Dry Ice

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs and vaping pipes)

Electronic Items Containing Any Batteries Exceeding 100Kwh

Environmental Waste


Fire Extinguisher

Firearms parts. This includes all component parts of firearms (e.g. rifle butts, trigger mechanisms, screws/bolts etc.) manufactured for the sole purpose of creating a functional firearm

Firearms, weapons, explosives and ammunition. Commodities whose functionality could inflict injury or to cause death, such as complete firearms, explosives (including fireworks, flares, blasting caps & party poppers) and ammunition

Flammable Goods

Flammable Liquids

Flammable Solids

Perishable Items

Furs and garments trimmed with furs

Gardening and Household Tools, Unless Properly Protected


Gems or Gemstones

Goods Made In Foreign Prisons

Hazardous Goods

Hazardous Materials

Hover Board / Segway

Human and animal remains or ashes

Illegal Goods

Imitation or Replica firearms, weapons, explosive devices or ammunition

Infectious Substances

Item Described As "Unknown"

Ivory and products containing ivory

Liquids/ Creams /Oils

Loose precious stones. Including industrial diamonds irrespective of value

Lottery Tickets

Magnets & Magnetized Materials


Obscene Publications and Pornography

Oxidising Materials and Peroxides (Including Hair Dyes)




Perishable Goods (All)



Poisonous or Toxic Liquids, Solids or Gases

Printer Toner/ Ink Cartridges

Radioactive Materials

Sharp Instruments - E.G. Knives Scissors and Axes. Unless Properly Protected

Televisions with a screen width greater than 42”

Tobacco and tobacco products

Used car parts and components

Water-Based Paints, Inks, Wood Varnishes and Enamels