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.
Whether you are a small time shop seller or you are a growing business with regular exports into Greece and other countries, or if you just want to send a personal package to a friend or relative living abroad, it is important to take note of those countries shipping restrictions and prohibitions. Although in most cases the item you want to ship should have no problem passing customs, it is good to check just to avoid complications upon sending.
In Greece for example, all animal products and furs are prohibited and forbidden for import into Greece. In to this, any gifts of cash or cash equivalents, including gold, silver, precious stones and jewellery, and non-commercial wireless phones are also prohibited, so take care if you are planning on sending a gift or present for a friend’s birthday.
RAND Logistics are a first class courier service with years of experience providing excellent postal services to customers across the world. If you are thinking of sending a parcel abroad to Greece, why not check with RAND Logistics to see our fantastic postage rates?
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.
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.
For all international parcel deliveries, choose RAND Logistics. As one of the top rated worldwide delivery services, we can guarantee you the best prices for your parcels, and with free tracking options, you can see where your parcel is at each step of its journey. For a secure service at competitive rates, choose RAND Logistics.
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.
At RAND Logistics, whether you require a specific eBay courier service for sending parcels internationally, or you are simply sending a gift to a friend or relative, we can provide you with first class service at competitive rates. Plus with free tracking options available, you can track your parcel at every step of the journey.
Children used to be posted in parcels across the USA, to save on rail fares. Often rail fares were more expensive than posting children, and normally the limit to one package is 50 pounds, so younger children were ideal to send to visit relatives via post – luckily not often packaged, just with postal stamps attached to their clothing.
It was a rare occurrence, but before it was outlawed in June 1920, several children were posted across America so that their parents or guardians did not have to pay the extra rail fare. Post able livestock at the time was included as ‘bees and bugs’ and children were not legally considered to be either of those (surprise?). On the 13th June 1920, the U.S Post Office ruled that it was illegal to send children via parcel post. Hopefully those few children that were packaged up and delivered had enough snacks to last them the journey!
Be sure to check that everything you are posting is able to be delivered in your recipient country, or you may find yourself facing some harsh fines. RAND Logistics can give you an idea of the types of things that are illegal to send via post.
If you are preparing for a Christmas event abroad and need to send various Christmas gifts over to a designated country, you might be surprised to learn that one of the most traditional items during the festive period probably won’t make it there. In fact, sending a certain selection of traditional Christmas items abroad could see you having to deal with customs. Here’s a look at some of the festive items that could be intercepted on their way to your addressee this December.
The first and seemingly most obvious Christmas item that you wouldn’t be able to send to many countries is mistletoe. Mistletoe counts as a plant and therefore could potentially spread disease to plants native to the country you are shipping to. The majority of plants are prohibited for shipping due to the threat of disease, so make sure you check with your addressee before shipping live Christmas decorations such as mistletoe, holly or natural wreaths.
Christmas crackers are one of the key components for any Christmas dinner. However, shipping one across the border could also get you into trouble with customs. Don’t forget that Christmas crackers actually contain small forms of explosive that create the snapping sound when you pull them. Due to the fact that these “devices” could be used in other methods of explosives, they are generally prohibited across the world.
You can have a look at our international parcel delivery page to study the items that cannot be shipped abroad. For more information regarding the services on offer, contact RAND Logistics today.