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GOODS RESTRICTED BY EU COUNTRY

Check if restrictions will apply to the goods you’re sending from 1 January 2021

At the end of the transition period, from 1 January 2021, Customs procedures will be introduced for shipments to and from the EU. In addition to Customs paperwork, individual countries will also apply their own rules to all goods being shipped into the country. These restrictions are currently applied to goods arriving in the destination country from outside the EU.

What does this mean?

Products may require additional certification wherever health and safety regulations apply. Categories of goods with restrictions include medical and dental equipment, electronics and toys, for example. Veterinary and phytosanitary checks will also be required at a Border Control Point (BCP) for some Foodstuffs and Animal-or Plant based products. Information on these additional requirements can be found at Gov.uk.

Please be aware that in some cases DHL Express will no longer be able to carry goods with additional restrictions from 1 January 2020. Any goods requiring a BCP check cannot be carried.

Please note that there are also restrictions on what a country will accept as a document shipment, so please check both the document and goods information.

What to do next?

  • Check the lists below to confirm if there is a restriction applied to the category of goods you’re sending
  • If country-specific restrictions apply to your category of goods, please get in touch with your account manager to confirm the restriction in place

We’re here to support your preparation for the changes expected from 1 January 2021.

Austria Germany Netherlands
Belgium Greece Poland
Bulgaria Hungary Portugal
Croatia Ireland Romania
Cyprus Italy Slovakia
Czechia Latvia Slovenia
Denmark Lithuania Spain
Finland Luxembourg Sweden
France Malta  

Austria

Document restrictions
No country-specific restrictions
Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Fabrics (including samples)
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Liquids (non-hazardous)
  • Personal effects
  • Plants and plant products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Belgium

    Document restrictions
    No country-specific restrictions
    Goods categories with restrictions
  • Animal products and skins
  • Dangerous goods (hazardous)
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Finished leather goods
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Medical samples
  • Perishables (fruits, vegetables, flowers)
  • Personal effects
  • Plant and plant products
  • Soil samples
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • X-ray machines
  • Bulgaria

    Document restrictions
  • Airline tickets (issued and blank)
  • Annual reports
  • Blank forms
  • Business cards
  • Cash letters
  • Charts
  • Cheques (blank, cancelled and cashier)
  • Deeds
  • Diaries
  • Money orders
  • Negatives (including x-rays and films)
  • Passports
  • Price lists
  • Shipping schedules
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including skins and fur)
  • Antiques and art
  • Chemicals (non-hazardous)
  • Coffee
  • Computer software
  • Cotton
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Medical samples
  • Mobile phones and accessories
  • Oil products
  • Parts (machine and electronic)
  • Perishables(fruits, flowers, vegetables)
  • Plant and plant products
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Seeds
  • Ships (including parts)
  • Shoes
  • Sports equipment
  • Stationery
  • Tea
  • Textile articles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • X-ray machines
  • Croatia

    Document restrictions
  • Business cards
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including skins)
  • Ceramic products
  • Coffee
  • Cosmetics
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Drugs (prescription)
  • Eye glasses and contact lenses
  • Finished leather goods
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Glass products
  • Medical samples
  • Medical and dental supplies
  • Military equipment
  • Perishables (fruits and vegetables)
  • Personal effects
  • Plant and plant products
  • Seeds
  • Tea
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Toy guns
  • Toys
  • X-ray machines
  • Cyprus

    Document restrictions
  • Airline tickets (issued and blank)
  • Blank forms
  • Business cards
  • Labels
  • Manuscripts
  • Manuals
  • Maps
  • Negatives (including x-ray and films)
  • Photographic slides
  • Price tickets for garments
  • Printed music or manuscript
  • Transparencies
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Antiques and art
  • Coffee
  • Communications equipment
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Mobile phones and accessories
  • Personal effects
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Radar equipment (transmitters and receivers)
  • Radios (equipment or parts)
  • Seeds
  • Tea
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • X-ray machines
  • Czechia

    Document restrictions
  • Blueprints
  • Price lists
  • Shipping schedules
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including skin and fur)
  • Coffee
  • Computer components and parts
  • Dangerous goods (hazardous)
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Electronic equipment
  • Fabrics (including samples)
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Jewellery
  • Lithium batteries
  • Medical samples
  • Oil products
  • Perishables (fruits, flowers, vegetables)
  • Personal effects
  • Plants
  • Radar equipment (including transmitters and receivers)
  • Seeds
  • Shoes
  • Soil samples
  • Sports equipment
  • Textile articles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Toys
  • X-ray machines
  • Denmark

    Document restrictions
    No country-specific restrictions
    Goods categories with restrictions
  • Animal products
  • Chemicals
  • Cotton (raw)
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Personal effects
  • Plant and plant products
  • Seeds
  • Soil samples
  • X-ray machines
  • Estonia

    Document restrictions
    No country-specific restrictions
    Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Labels
  • Medical samples
  • Medical and dental supplies
  • Personal effects
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • X-ray machines
  • Finland

    Document restrictions
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including skins)
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Fabrics (including samples)
  • Foodstuffs (including grains)
  • Medical samples
  • Personal effects
  • Plant and plant products
  • Seeds
  • Textile articles
  • X-ray machines
  • France

    Document restrictions
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal skins
  • Antiques and art
  • Catalogues
  • Chemicals
  • Credit or Debit Cards (activated and unactivated)
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Electronic equipment
  • Electronic games
  • Eye glasses and contact lenses
  • Fabrics (including samples)
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Gambling device (including playing cards)
  • Medical and dental supplies
  • Personal effects
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Shoes
  • Sports equipment
  • Textiles
  • Toys
  • X-ray machines
  • Germany

    Document restrictions
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Photographic slides
  • Passports
  • Printed music or manuscript
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Advertising brochures
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal fur
  • Antiques and art
  • Biological Substance Cat B, UN3373
  • Booklets and brochures
  • Books (non-commercial use)
  • Coffee
  • Computer software
  • Computer storage devices
  • Dangerous goods
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Electronic equipment
  • Fabrics (including samples)
  • Finished leather goods
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Magazines, periodicals and journals
  • Medical examination results
  • Medical samples
  • Medical and dental supplies
  • Microfiche & microfilm
  • Military equipment
  • Perishables (fruits, vegetables, flowers)
  • Personal effects
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Toy guns
  • Toys
  • Greece

    Document restrictions
  • Airline tickets
  • Manuals
  • Negatives (including x-rays and film)
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Animal products
  • Antiques and art
  • Biological Substance Cat B, UN3373
  • Booklets and brochures
  • Books (non-commercial use)
  • Catalogues
  • Computer software
  • Computer storage devices
  • Cosmetics
  • Diaries
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Jewellery
  • Magazines, periodicals and journals
  • Medical samples
  • Mobile phones and accessories
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Seeds
  • Ships (including parts)
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Toys
  • X-ray machines
  • Hungary

    Document restrictions
  • Blueprints
  • Invoices (blank)
  • Maps
  • Passports
  • Photos as part of business reports
  • Postal envelopes
  • Printed music or manuscripts
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including skins)
  • Coffee
  • Computer software
  • Computer storage devices
  • Diaries
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Labels
  • Perishables (fruits, vegetables and flowers)
  • Personal effects
  • Plants
  • Seeds
  • Soil samples
  • Tea
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • X-ray machines
  • Ireland

    Document restrictions
  • Cheques (cancelled and cashier)
  • Cash letters
  • Credit notes
  • Money orders
  • Passports
  • Shipping schedules
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including skins)
  • Books (non-commercial use)
  • Business cards
  • Calendars
  • Cheques (blank)
  • Coal & firewood (including samples)
  • Commemorative coins and medals
  • Communications equipment
  • Computer software
  • Computer storage devices
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Drugs (prescription)
  • Electronic equipment
  • Films: 8mm, 16mm & 35mm
  • Films: entertainment (DVDs)
  • Films: promotional and training
  • Financial and monetary commodities
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Magazines, periodicals and journals
  • Media storage device
  • Medical samples
  • Medical and dental supplies
  • Microfiche & microfilm
  • Money or postal orders
  • Negatives (including x-rays and films)
  • Personal effects
  • Photographic slides
  • Photographs
  • Photolith film
  • Plant and plant products
  • Soil samples
  • Tea
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Unused stamps
  • X-ray machines
  • Italy

    Document restrictions
  • Cheques (cashier)
  • Diplomatic material
  • Passports
  • Personal mail
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including skin and fur)
  • Antiques and art
  • Biological Substance Cat B, UN3373
  • Books (non-commercial use)
  • Bunker oil sample (for analysis)
  • Cigarettes, cigars and e-cigar
  • Commemorative coins and medals
  • Cosmetics
  • Dangerous goods
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Electronic equipment
  • Event tickets
  • Finished leather goods
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Jewellery
  • Medical samples
  • Medical and dental supplies
  • Oil products
  • Personal effects
  • Plants and plant products
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Seeds
  • Ships (including parts)
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Televisions and television equipment
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Toy guns
  • Unactivated Credit and Debit cards
  • Watches
  • Wigs and hair pieces
  • X-ray machines
  • Latvia

    Document restrictions
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including fur and skins)
  • Antiques and art
  • Computer software
  • Drugs (pharmacy, without prescription)
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Seeds
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • X-ray machines
  • Lithuania

    Document restrictions
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products
  • Communications equipment
  • Dangerous goods
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Medical samples
  • Medical and dental supplies
  • Military equipment
  • Personal effects
  • Radar equipment (transmitters and receivers)
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • X-ray machines
  • Luxembourg

    Document restrictions
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Ship manifest (computer generated)
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including skins)
  • Dangerous goods
  • Drugs (prescription)
  • Electronic equipment
  • Perishables (fruits, vegetables, flowers)
  • Personal effects
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • X-ray machines
  • Malta

    Document restrictions
    No country-specific restrictions
    Goods categories with restrictions
  • Advertising Brochures
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Booklets and brochures
  • Books (non-commercial use)
  • Calendars
  • Cosmetics
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Liquids (non-hazardous)
  • Magazines, periodicals and journals
  • Oil products
  • Rubber made products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Netherlands

    Document restrictions
    No country-specific restrictions
    Goods categories with restrictions
  • Animal products (including skins)
  • Bunker oil sample (for analysis)
  • Cheques (cashier)
  • Dangerous goods
  • Drugs (pharmacy, without prescription)
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Medical samples
  • Perishables (fruits, vegetables, flowers)
  • Personal effects
  • Plant and plant products
  • Seeds
  • Soil samples
  • Wigs and hair pieces
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Poland

    Document restrictions
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Passports
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including skins)
  • Biological Substance Cat B, UN3373
  • Booklets and brochures
  • Bunker oil sample (for analysis)
  • Ceramic products
  • Chemicals
  • Coffee
  • Communications equipment
  • Cosmetics
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Electronic equipment
  • Eye glasses and contact lenses
  • Films: entertainment
  • Finished leather goods
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Gambling device (including playing cards)
  • Glass products
  • Industrial equipment
  • Jewellery
  • Liquids (non-hazardous)
  • Measuring apparatus
  • Medical samples
  • Medical and dental supplies
  • Oil products
  • Parts (machine and electronic)
  • Personal effects
  • Plants and plant products
  • Radar equipment (transmitters and receivers)
  • Radios(including equipment and parts
  • Seeds
  • Ships (including parts)
  • Shoes
  • Soil samples
  • Tea
  • Technical plans and drawings
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Toy guns
  • Toys
  • X-ray machines
  • Portugal

    Document restrictions
  • Cheques (cashier)
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including skins)
  • Coffee
  • Communications equipment
  • Computer components and parts
  • Computer software
  • Computer storage devices
  • Cosmetics
  • Dangerous goods
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Electronic equipment
  • Electronic games
  • Eye glasses and contact lenses
  • Firearms, parts of
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Gambling device (including playing cards)
  • Labels
  • Medical samples
  • Medical and dental supplies
  • Military equipment
  • Mobile phones and accessories
  • Parts (machine and electronic)
  • Perishables (fruits, vegetables, flowers)
  • Personal effects
  • Plants and plant products
  • Precious stones and metals
  • Radar equipment (transmitters and receivers)
  • Radios (including equipment and parts)
  • Shoes
  • Tea
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Televisions and equipment
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Toy guns Toys
  • X-ray machines
  • Romania

    Document restrictions
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including skins and fur)
  • Antiques and art
  • Bunker oil sample (for analysis)
  • Catalogues
  • Chemicals
  • Circuits and circuit boards
  • Coffee
  • Communications equipment
  • Computer components and parts
  • Computer software
  • Computer storage devices
  • Cosmetics
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Electronic equipment
  • Eye glasses and contact lenses
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Isopropanol
  • Jewellery
  • Medical and dental supplies
  • Military equipment
  • Mobile phones and accessories
  • Oil products
  • Parts, machine and electronic
  • Personal effects
  • Plants and plant products
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Price lists
  • Radar equipment (transmitters and receivers)
  • Radios (including equipment and parts)
  • Seeds
  • Ships (including parts)
  • Soil samples
  • Stone and mineral samples for analysis
  • Tea
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Televisions and television equipment
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • X-ray machines
  • Slovakia

    Document restrictions
  • Blueprints
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Price lists
  • Shipping schedules
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including skins)
  • Coffee
  • Computer components and parts
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Electronic equipment
  • Fabrics (including samples)
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Lithium batteries
  • Medical samples
  • Oil products
  • Perishables (fruits, vegetables, flowers)
  • Personal effects
  • Plants
  • Radar equipment (transmitters and receivers)
  • Seeds
  • Shoes
  • Soil samples
  • Sports equipment
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Toys
  • X-ray machines
  • Slovenia

    Document restrictions
  • Cheques (cashier)
  • Labels
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products (including skins)
  • Coffee
  • Cotton
  • Drugs (prescription)
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Medical and dental supplies
  • Oil products
  • Plant and plants products
  • Seeds
  • Tea
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Toys
  • X-ray machines
  • Spain

    Document restrictions
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Manuscripts
  • Photos as part of business reports
  • Printed music or manuscript
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Animal products
  • Antiques and art
  • Biological Substance Cat B, UN3373
  • Chemicals
  • Cosmetics
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Electronic equipment
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Industrial equipment
  • Jewellery
  • Medical and dental supplies
  • Military equipment
  • Personal effects
  • Plant products
  • Plastic and articles thereof
  • Seeds
  • Ships (including parts)
  • Shoes
  • Tax Stickers (banderols)
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Toys
  • Wigs and hair pieces
  • Sweden

    Document restrictions
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Goods categories with restrictions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Chemicals
  • Drugs (with or without prescription)
  • Foodstuffs (including grain)
  • Personal effects
  • Plants and plant products
  • Seeds
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • X-ray machines
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