Prohibited & Restricted Items

Unless otherwise agreed by Yodel, the following items will not be carried by Yodel:

  • Ammunition
  • Animals (including birds, fish, insects, larvae, pupae etc)
  • Animal products
  • Antiques and art works
  • Apparel and accessories over £250 in value
  • Banderols/tax stickers
  • Biological substances
  • Blank activated credit cards / debit cards / charge cards or cash dispenser cards and event tickets.
  • Bullion (or any precious metal)
  • Cash-like negotiable instruments in bearer form (this would include but not limited to cash, bank notes, currency, vouchers, securities, pre-paid phone cards, activated SIM cards and unused stamps)
  • Complete firearms
  • Costume jewellery over £250 in value
  • Dangerous Goods (these include but are not limited to lithium batteries)
  • Designer clothing
  • Dry ice
  • Electronic components
  • Explosives
  • Explosive devices
  • Firearm parts
  • Flowers and plant products
  • Furs and garments trimmed with fur
  • Hazardous goods
  • Human remains or ashes
  • Illegal goods (these are goods which are considered illegal in the origin, the transit points and/or the destination countries and would include but not be limited to pirated goods, counterfeit goods and narcotics);
  • Imitation (replica) firearms
  • Irreplaceable/unique items
  • Ivory and other banned products
  • Jewellery and objects constructed of precious metals and/or stones
  • Loose precious stones (including industrial diamonds)
  • Legal drugs and pharmaceutical products
  • Medical samples (includes bodily fluids and tissue samples)
  • Micro processors
  • Mobile telephones and accessories over £250 in value
  • Negotiable instruments in bearer form (this includes but is not limited to blank cheques)
  • Non-hazardous liquids
  • Perishable items that require a temperature controlled environment
  • Personal data
  • Pornography
  • Tobacco
  • Toy guns
  • UN classified Dangerous Goods and any goods specified as such under IATA, ADR or IMDG regulations

Restricted and Prohibited items: 

To comply with strict transport regulations Yodel will not accept for carriage any Dangerous Goods from any customers who have not been audited and approved.

Even when approved, Yodel will only carry Dangerous Goods in limited quantities and it is the shipper's responsibility to ensure that each and every consignment is correctly marked, labelled and the packaging is adequate for the task.

Yodel does expect it's customers who have been audited and approved to ship Dangerous Goods, must comply with the relevant Dangerous Goods Regulations that they have been approved for.

Yodel will always act on information supplied by the sender.

Examples of Dangerous Goods are:

  • Explosives which include flares, fireworks, ammunition, detonators
  • Gases such as gas cartridges, fire extinguishers, camping stoves/cookers, fuel cell cartridges, all aerosols
  • Flammable liquids which include petroleum, model fuel, solvent based paints, paint thinners, adhesives/glues, perfumes/nail varnish, printing inks, resins
  • Flammable solids which includes fire lighters, matches, magnesium, ammonia based fertilisers
  • Oxidising materials and organic peroxides which can include hair dyes, some disinfectants
  • Toxic & Infectious materials poisons, pesticides, biological substances/samples, infectious products, medical/clinical waste
  • Radioactive material
  • Corrosives which include acids, some paints, caustic soda, some oven cleaners & paint remover
  • Miscellaneous material which include dry ice, life saving appliances, all environmentally hazardous material, genetically modified organisms, some first aid kits, lithium batteries

Yodel will not ship any consignments marked with any of the following labels or combination of them:

 Restricted goods

Sending restricted or prohibited goods without obtaining approval or not complying with the appropriate transport regulations, may constitute a criminal offence which may result in prosecution.

Lithium Batteries

Only lithium batteries contained in equipment are acceptable by Yodel for carriage and must follow strict packing requirements, the article:

  • containing the batteries must be packed in strong rigid packaging
  • must be secure to prevent any movement, in order to prevent accidental activation
  • the name and address of the sender must be clearly legible

Shipments to Offshore Islands in UK

In order to ship Dangerous Goods in limited quantities to the Isle of Wight (IOW), Isle of Man (IOM) and any other offshore islands including Northern Ireland (NI) and the Irish Republic, Yodel expect that shippers are fully familiar with the IMDG Regulations (International Maritime Dangerous Goods Regulations).

The shipper is responsible for the marking and labelling of these consignments and for providing a Dangerous Goods Note (DGN) that must be signed and attached to the package.

Yodel can only act on information provided by the customer and if discrepancies with regard to the package, marking, labelling or DGN occur then Yodel must hold the consignment until the error has been rectified.

Please note: Not all Ferry companies accept Dangerous Goods even when packed as limited quantities.

Shipments by Air

Yodel do not ship Dangerous Goods by air.         

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