What are the restrictions and prohibitions ?

The controls carried out by customs services at the borders of non-European Union countries aim to guarantee the safety and health of people and to preserve the environment.

You can only import and/or export if you know the enforced regulatory texts. Certain goods, due to their sensitive nature, are strictly prohibited for import and/or export. Others are admitted with conditions.

The sender must be informed of any necessary authorizations, under penalty of having his goods confiscated or destroyed by the carrier without the possibility of claim or compensation, and of exposing himself to criminal prosecution in the event of material or bodily damage during routing.

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The goods listed below are not exhaustive and may be subject to updates for certain product families, for example, in a crisis. Contact the local customs services to find out the applicable texts.

Strictly regulated goods


• Certain plants and plant products subject to mandatory phytosanitary control.

Wild animal and plant species threatened with extinction (flora and fauna).

  Live animal and animal products.

  Cultural objects.

  Weapons and ammunition.

Medicines for human and veterinary use.

Narcotics and psychotropic drugs.

Elements of the human body.

Plant protection products.

Pathogenic microorganisms and toxins.

Prohibited goods


Counterfeits.

Attack dogs that are not in the French Book of Origins when they are assimilated to the Staffordshire terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, mastiff or boerboell, tosa, mastiffs type dog breeds (the LOF being the genealogical book which lists the origins of purebred French dogs).

Plants and plant products potentially carrying harmful organisms that are dangerous to European flora (flowers, fruits, vegetables, seeds, bark, plants, soil, and growing media, etc.), the introduction of which is prohibited in all member state.

Wild animal and plant species listed in the CITES appendices and are protected (Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

Products and objects containing images or representations of minors of a pornographic nature.

Asbestos or products containing asbestos.

Polycarbonate baby bottles made from bisphenol A.

Products containing certain dangerous substances (nickel, lead salts, etc.).

Animal or animal products prohibited under the enforced phytosanitary regulations (national or community).

Skins and furs of cats and dogs as well as all products containing them.

Important : there might be additional regulations specific to each carrier. These restrictions can be found in their GTC.

Before sending a package abroad, in or outside of the European Union, check out our “Practical Information” section offered by sendcolis.