Baggage Shipping to UK Mainland

Important Customs Information

Shipper will need to complete a C3 Personal Effects Form supplied by SendMyBag for personal effects to be cleared duty free.

General Customs Information

Most countries offer a generous duty free allowance for personal effects and the majority of Send My Bag™ shipments worldwide will not be stopped by customs.

Personal effects are usually assessed as used items which have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your bag is checked by customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items your shipment may be assessed for customs duties and taxes. If you are sending Christmas gifts please check with the destination country, follow their advice and attach all necessary documentation.

Customs processes and allowances do vary by country and as such we advise all travellers take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under the prevailing customs regulations of the destination.

When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 1 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.

More information is available in on our customs information page.

In order to demonstrate your shipment is personal effects you will be required to complete a brief non generic packing list online, entries to be made in the format: "5 x Cotton T-Shirts, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Cotton Shirt" and so on rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".

Restricted Items

With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a vacation suitcase.  For security and customs reasons, however, certain items are prohibited.  Please find these listed below.

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
  • Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Illegal or restricted goods;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Passports;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco;
  • Foodstuffs, perishable food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Wine, Beer, Spirits and Champagne; or
  • Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
  • Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones;
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Irreplaceable items.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

Items excluded from cover

The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:

  • Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Cell Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
  • Glass & Porcelain.
  • Any other non standard excess baggage items.

If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.

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If shipping to the UK you need to complete a packing list and attach a C3 form declaring that you are sending personal effects into the UK. Without doing this you may face delays and customs charges to get your items.

You can also find out more information about shipping to and from the UK on our baggage shipping destinations page under the section "What Customs Documentation must I attach?" Alternatively if you have questions, please feel free to give us a call. Then sit back and relax and enjoy your UK vacation.

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