Remember, the 5th of May is this year’s May Day bank holiday. On this day many shops will be closed as well as most banks and postal offices, so if you are planning to send any gifts or items abroad to a friend, relative or if you work from home and send merchandise out, it is best to send it ahead of time so that your recipient receives it in good time! Make sure to choose RAND logistics for any parcels internationally, as we provide first class service for any parcel or package; locally or internationally.
Although many people see May Day as simply another bank holiday which adds an extra day to the weekend, May Day is actually a significant day across many cultures and traditions, and many different countries celebrate May Day in their own individual way. In Britain May Day normally involves Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen, whereas in rural regions of Germany on the eve preceding May Day, villagers and townsfolk normally build bonfires and wrap the new maypole.
In Bulgaria, May Day is believed to be the day when snakes and lizards leave their burrows to terrorise the people, so they light fires and jump over them, making loud noises to scare the snakes. In some parts of the USA, May baskets are made which are small baskets filled with flowers or treats and left on someone’s doorstep.
Singapore is a country of many cultures, and with a rich history and traditions, it can be quite spell bounding to visit or even live in Singapore for a while. Should you choose to send a parcel to a friend or relative living abroad in Singapore, make sure to choose RAND Logistics, as we have the very best service for international and worldwide parcel delivery at the most competitive rates. However it is also recommended that you take a look at the list of restricted and prohibited items when sending a parcel to Singapore.
In particular, if you were thinking of sending a baked gift to a friend or relative in Singapore, it is essential to check Singapore’s restricted items for import, as several types of food including fish, processed egg, and all perishable foods are prohibited for import. It may be better to send a present, but take care as furs, jewellery, precious metals and stones and antiques are also prohibited.
Visual Media that is banned in Singapore by the MDA, including reproduction video tapes, compact discs and DVDS of copyright publications are prohibited for import into Singapore. Chewing gum is even prohibited, so call RAND today or check online for a full list of prohibited and restricted items when sending a parcel to Singapore.
We’re at the halfway point of our Easter week here at RAND, and today we’re looking at how Easter is celebrated traditionally in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is home to many different religions, including Christianity, Islam and Hindu. Whilst Christians recognise Holy Week as any other Christian would, many of the other religions will also get involved with the celebrations. Here are some of the traditional Easter festivities that take place in Bangladesh.
Easter Sunday is not yet regarded as a national holiday in Bangladesh despite opposition from Christians throughout the country. The Muslim population are believed to be against the idea of having Sunday as the national rest day, which opposes the Muslim calendar.
Despite their differences, the various religions in Bangladesh enjoy celebrating Easter alongside Christians in the country and recognise the symbolic event of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Christians will often celebrate Easter by sharing sweets, chocolate and other treats amongst the family and with other non-Christians. The church service usually takes place in the morning on Easter Sunday, with parents dressing their children in new clothes to symbolise the special occasion.
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We continue our week of looking at Easter celebrations across the world with the traditional celebrations that take place in Portugal. Portugal has a large Christian population that celebrate Easter differently to the rest of the country. Here are some of the events and traditions that take place throughout the Easter week in Portugal.
Portugal recognises Good Friday, the most important day in the Holy Week, as a national holiday. Some Christians also recommend that people fast as a symbol of Jesus’ suffering on the cross. This would involve giving up meat and replacing it with fish instead, in particular codfish.
Easter Sunday is a huge day in Portugal, with all sorts of traditions taking place. The local parish priest visits homes to wish a Happy Easter, whilst he also brings a figure of Christ with him which can be kissed by each member of the household to celebrate his resurrection.
There are plenty of pagan traditions still present in Portugal, from Easter Eggs to the Easter bunny. Like many other countries, chocolate eggs are shared out at Easter as gifts, whilst roast lamb is traditionally eaten in Portugal at lunchtime on the Sunday.
If you’re interested in sending a gift to Portugal, make sure you check our list of prohibited items to Portugal so that you know your gift will make it to the addressee without being intercepted by customs.
This week we’ll be gearing up for the biggest event in the Christian calendar, the celebration of Easter. It’s a religious event that is celebrated in various different ways across the world, with some focusing on the sorrowful events of Good Friday and Jesus’ death and others concentrating on the joys of Easter Sunday and Jesus’ resurrection. Today we’ll be looking at how Christians and non-Christians in Ghana approach the week leading up to Easter and the weekend itself.
Palm Sunday is an occasion where Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem is welcomed and celebrated. This is the largest event before the crucifixion and the Easter weekend, so it is celebrated widely in churches throughout Ghana. Palm branches are typically waved at mass to recognise the event.
Good Friday is a sombre day in Ghana that is respected by attending church and wearing dark coloured dress. Some people in Ghana who don’t attend church regularly will almost certainly look to be there on Good Friday. On the other hand, Easter Sunday is a joyous day that signifies the resurrection of Jesus. Everyone who attends church in Ghana wears white on Easter Sunday.
It is important to check with the local customs officers to make sure that any parcels you intend to send to friends or relatives living in Austria meet the specific shipping restrictions, so that you don’t try to import anything illegal.
All meat and animal products, plants and parts of plants, fruit, onions and flower bulbs must be accompanied by a certificate of origin and where necessary a plant-health certificate, if the shipment weight exceeds 3 kg or 6 pounds. Austrian coins and articles made of precious metals must be in keeping with Austrian regulations and permission from the Austrian National Bank must be obtained prior to the sending of any parcels containing these items.
Gift shipments must be clearly marked as GESCHENKSENDUNG on the customs declaration, and are exempt from charges and fees when the value of the parcel is under €29. The gift in question cannot contain more than 40 cigarettes, 10 cigars or 50 grams of tobacco, or 50 grams of a selection of these products. Live plants and animals and human remains are strictly prohibited under the country’s mailing conditions.
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Make sure to take note of the country conditions for mailing a parcel to Lithuania, otherwise you may face some difficulties in getting your parcel properly imported. Check with your local customs officer for more details on shipping restrictions and prohibited items, but for now, here are a few restrictions to take note of.
Objects of cultural value, such as antiques and works of art can only be imported into Lithuania with a permit from the Ministry of Culture’s Department of the Protection of Objects of Cultural Value. Take care when sending prepared foodstuffs and raw materials of animal origin; if the industrial packaging is damaged or the use-by-date has passed then the packages will be prohibited and may be destroyed.
Sugar is permitted for import into Lithuania, but not exceeding 11 pounds or 5 kg per shipment. All articles subject to customs duty may not be sent in ordinary or registered First-Class Package International Service items, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes, First-Class Mail International items, or Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes.
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Do you have a friend or relative who has a birthday coming up, or are you doing research on sending parcels to Finland in preparation for Easter? Either way, RAND Logistics can give you invaluable advice regarding the shipping restrictions and prohibitions of when importing goods into Finland. For express parcels to anywhere in Finland from Helsinki to Tampere, and anywhere else in the world, choose RAND Logistics!
When sending meat and meat products, prior authorization must be obtained from the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture for the recipient. Parcels can be addressed to a street address or to a post office box, but a telephone number must be provided when the parcel is addressed to a post office box.
It is prohibited to send live plants and animals to Finland as well as any form of human remains, including ashes. An invoice is required on the outside of the parcel with the PS Form 2976-E with the customs declaration for all commercial shipments, regardless of the value.
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When sending a gift or a package to Cyprus, make sure to check with your local customs officer to find out the full details of what can and can’t be shipped to Cyprus. It is important to check whether or not your intended recipient needs to obtain prior authorisation before sending goods to Cyprus, or you could face some delivery complications further down the line.
Take care when sending postcards to Cyprus, as all postcards with individual illustrated designs not previously approved by the Cyprus Post Office are prohibited.
Various registered items including traveller’s checks, coins, notes or securities of any kind made payable to the bearer, including precious stones and jewellery may only be imported into the country under a license from the Cyprus Central Bank.
It is important to note that commercial shipments must be accompanied by all the relevant invoices, and they should be attached to the outside of the item or package in an unsealed envelope, where the invoice can be clearly viewed if necessary.
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It is always important to check and double check if the country you are sending goods to will allow those goods to be imported, otherwise your intended recipient may end up waiting far longer to receive their parcel! Check out these restrictions before sending a parcel to Australia.
Various used goods are strictly prohibited for import in Australia. Used Bedding is prohibited, as are used Fruit cartons. In fact, new fruit cartons are also prohibited as they could carry ticks or parasites that once released can have devastating effects on the Australian ecosystem.
Jewellery that has been made from, or contains parts of ivory, or made from an endangered species, such as snake, crocodile or elephant, is strictly prohibited unless accompanied by an Import Permit in relation to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Permission must also be obtained prior to the sending of any parcels, from the Australian Quarantine authorities when sending meat or any other animal products, including powdered milk or milk from concentrate.
Take great care when shipping goods to Australia, and as always, check with your local customs officer to ensure that any goods you plan to ship are okay for importation into the recipient country. Why not use RAND Logistics for all international parcel and large parcel delivery?