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Last posting date and contraband items

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fartlek Thu 15-Dec-16 20:41:58

I have been uber ready for Christmas this year and was all set to post off family prezzies to my nieces and sister today. I managed to find the perfect sized shoe box to fit everything and had brown paper to hand to wrap it and a fresh sharpie to write the address. I chose to go to the post office right after lunch and when I arrived there was no queue. So far so brilliant.

Nice lady at the counter asks me what's in the package and I reply "perfume, nailpolish, lipgloss and t-shirts". To which she replies "those can't be sent overseas and don't bother going to another post office and lying, they'll just destroy your parcel at customs" (OK, she was much nicer than that but you get the gist). WTF. I could have cried. How do I get this lovely parcel to Canada? Or is it definitely a no-go, even with a private company?

delilahbucket Thu 15-Dec-16 21:22:37

Here's what royal mail say. Some post offices do get things wrong. I once had a post master insist that if I wanted to put a customs declaration on a parcel to Guernsey that I should be paying airmail for it! I tried to show them what it said on the Royal Mail website and they barred me confused

delilahbucket Thu 15-Dec-16 21:24:10

By the way, today was the last recommended posting date for Canada for Christmas delivery.

fartlek Thu 15-Dec-16 22:37:31

Thank-you delilah! I will go to another post office tomorrow. The prezzies might not make it on time (I knew it was last posting date today which is why I was feeling like a rockstar) but my family has a pretty chilled attitude to when gifts show up. I once got a birthday present from my sister in February and my birthday is in October!
It's a new post office franchise so they must not know.

SpornStar Thu 15-Dec-16 22:46:08

I think the info posted above relates to parcels posted within U.K. Overseas rules are different and prohibit nail polish and perfume.

TwoGunslingers Thu 15-Dec-16 23:13:31

I think the post office may be right, it's something to do with tax on luxuries but I don't think one bottle of perfume is equal to you shipping a crate for re-sale. I got told I couldn't post a watch to Australia last year, but it got there fine, so I also doubt they'll destroy it at customs. Post office people have too much power at this time of year grin

AnchorDownDeepBreath Thu 15-Dec-16 23:17:36

Those Royal Mail guidelines are for within the UK. You can't ship perfume or nail varnish internationally. I sent a perfume once and it did get destroyed at customs in the states.

emwithme Thu 15-Dec-16 23:25:24

You definitely can't ship perfume overseas. You will get the box back, minus the perfume, with all the other presents unwrapped, in mid-January, and accompanied by a snotty letter from Royal Mail. Or at least we did, when we tried to send perfume to MIL overseas last Christmas (she got silk flowers this year).

PhilODox Thu 15-Dec-16 23:30:03

Is it because it contains alcohol? Or because it's pressurised?

SerialReJoiner Thu 15-Dec-16 23:36:49

I joined Amazon.com for this very purpose - wanted to send crackers to a friend in the States, but they are classed as explosive so no good. Managed to buy some (overpriced) crackers and got them shipped direct to my friend. No customs issues. I know it isn't the same as a gift direct from you, but maybe this is an alternative that would work?

delilahbucket Fri 16-Dec-16 11:05:57

Sorry op, I got it wrong. That info was for uk only posting. Nail varnish and perfume cannot be sent abroad.

fartlek Fri 16-Dec-16 12:58:43

Oh dear! I went to the other post office and they happily took it. I was coming on here to say job done. It's my fault, I didn't actually check the website myself. Oh well, I live in hope it gets there but if not, so be it. That my sister won't get her penhaligons gift set is a very first world problem. I'll let you know what happens!

fartlek Fri 16-Dec-16 13:05:29

You can maybe tell from my post that I have lost my Christmas will to live. My MIL stopped by unannounced today in the only 30 minute window I might have had to myself with a cuppa. She brought loads of presents for ds all marked "from granny & Santa". She can't bear Santa getting all the credit. I have told her I'm changing them to be all from her so poor ds (6 yrs) is not confused. Sorry, totally off topic rant there. Thanks everyone for your help with the parcel. I'll get them amazon vouchers if it doesn't make it.

liquidrevolution Sat 17-Dec-16 09:25:26

Yoir MIL is batshit. I recommend gin.

Hth smile

delilahbucket Sat 17-Dec-16 12:28:37

Sounds like my step mil. Her and DPs dad insist on coming before Xmas when we're working and super busy so ds has presents to open on Xmas day hmm obviously we don't buy him anything! Plus, this is ds they have seen twice in a year because they insist on coming over late on a week night as he's going to bed or when he's at his dad's.

fartlek Sat 17-Dec-16 17:39:11

Totally batshit. She moaned that the only way she ever saw ds was when she babysat for us (untrue). So we dont ask her anymore.
Delilah, this is MIL exactly. She tried to arrange dropping ds bday prezzies before his birthday but I was super busy that week and told her just to come the next week so she could enjoy a visit with him. Nope. She just turned up one day that week.

lookingforbaubles Sat 17-Dec-16 20:34:31

i sent crackers to Germany this week - the royal mail web site states its fine as long as they are in their original packaging

first post office refused despite me quoting the restricted goods - international rules

second post office were happy to accept - they had some one in a few days earlier posting 4 boxes of crackers to Italy

weaselwomble Sat 17-Dec-16 20:47:17

My mum tried to send a TOY perfume overseas this year. It was returned by customs. grin

CremeEggThief Sat 17-Dec-16 21:06:06

Well my parcel of 2 nail polishes and 3 small aerosol cans reached my cousin in the Republic of Ireland safely yesterday! I rarely put sender details on anything I post, so if anything were to be returned by HMRC, I don't know if it could be returned to me!

fartlek Sun 18-Dec-16 08:34:59

So it sounds like a crapshoot as to whether customs will pick up on my horribly dangerous contraband items. I feel bad because I ordered from amazon for my nephews so they'll have prezzies but not the girls. I was really enjoying shopping for them this year too because they're all pre-teens/teenage and I felt that I managed to take their individual personalities into account.

DanielaMorris5 Tue 10-Jan-17 09:26:31

I think that it mostly because of perfumes.. Next time just don't tell you're sending them and everything will be ok ( or use alternative service like clearit.ca/ ). I am very disappointed with Canada Post and never use it's services last 2 years.

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