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Sending food abroad

Shipping food abroad can be a logistical nightmare. With so many rules and regulations to meet, plus weight and quantity limits, any mistake can see your precious packages delayed, seized or even destroyed.

That’s why we’ve created a guide to sending food abroad – including what foods you can and can’t ship and how PACK & SEND can help you get your edible goods around the world safely and on time.

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Packing and labelling food

Whether you’re looking to share tasty home treats with loved ones abroad or sending them as a gift, food products must be securely packed and labelled.

When packing foods for international shipping, consider that:

  • All ingredients must be clearly labelled
  • Packaging must be completely sealed
  • Perishable goods may require temperature controlled environments
  • The contents must adhere to the shipping regulations of the destination country

It’s also important to bear in mind that transit can be rough on parcels, with movement and impact fairly common in international shipments. So, delicate parcels, like those containing food, should be protected with adequate material padding.

Food parcels should be wrapped tightly and filled with foam or other cushioning materials to avoid movement during transit and withstand impact.

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Customs regulations

Every country has its own customs and import regulations – with some countries stricter than others. If you’re shipping food abroad to the EU, be aware that the rules have changed slightly as of January 1st, 2021. Click here to find out how Brexit will affect your shipping plans.

Knowing exactly what can and cannot be imported to your chosen country saves you from potentially having your parcel seized or destroyed at the border.

Luckily, PACK & SEND can guide you through the process. Our expert team provides tailored advice and hands-on assistance to help your package clear customs. So, you can ship food around the world hassle-free.

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Shipping food – prohibited items

While some food items can cross borders without fuss, others require specialised permits or may even be banned from import in certain countries. Problematic items are usually split into two distinct groups – restricted and prohibited items – which can be confusing.

Restricted items are allowed for import but only in limited quantities, whereas prohibited items aren’t allowed to be shipped into the country under any circumstances.

Understanding what’s included in each country’s import rules and regulations is our job. At PACK & SEND we work with you to get your food shipped abroad securely and promptly, minimising border delays.

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Warranty Cover

No matter the value of your items, it’s important to be covered against potential loss, damage, and theft.

When shipping food, its important to remember that not all types of food and foodstuffs can be covered under warranty – mainly perishable items – and you should check out our comprehensive warranty coverage for full details.  At PACK & SEND, we’re more than happy to guide you through the process and work with you to find the best solution for your package.

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Delivering food with PACK & SEND

PACK & SEND knows what it takes to pack and deliver food parcels around the world. Our 30+ years of experience collecting, packing, and delivering food internationally makes us your ultimate shipping solution.

If you’re looking to ship food, click here to find your local service centre or read our guide to international shipping.

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Can you safely pack my food for safe shipping?

Foods can be safely packed by PACK & SEND for safe shipping all around the world. Whether your food needs special care or proper packing so it isn’t damaged through transit we can help your foods get whatever is required.

Where can you deliver my food shipment to?

PACK & SEND can ship food anywhere in the world. However, some foods do require special permits to be sent to cross borders. If you are unsure if your food falls into this category, contact your nearest PACK & SEND service centre who will be able to let you know if your food can be sent.

Do you offer loss or damage cover for food shipments?

At PACK & SEND we offer comprehensive loss and damage cover for all shipments of foods regardless of their value. This cover does only apply to goods that have been packed and shipped by PACK & SEND and cannot be offered as a product for goods that are being shipped by a third party. Contact your nearest PACK & SEND service centre to find out how they can organise this for your shipment.



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