Prohibited Items

It is your responsibility to check whether an item is Prohibited or Restricted. What may appear harmless to you at first glance, may still be Prohibited or Restricted. Importantly, acceptance of the item by us for sending does not free you of this responsibility.  Private Box simply doesn't have the time or resources to check on every item being forwarded through our service.

If you are unsure if the item you wish to send is prohibited or restricted, please contact the NZ Post National Contact Centre on 0800 501 501. 

The New Zealand Government prohibits or restricts the export of various types of items (such as prescription medication). You must ensure that your item is not prohibited from export or that you meet any export restrictions on the item you are planning to send. For further information, contact the New Zealand Customs Service or the appropriate government authority.

If NZ Post find a Prohibited item it will not be delivered and we will not refund postage costs. NZ Post are not obliged to return the item to you but may, at their discretion and at your cost:

  1. make the item safe;
  2. return the item to you by a licensed dangerous goods carrier or security firm;
  3. destroy the item;
  4. dispose of the item; or
  5. deliver the item to the appropriate authorities.

 

Acid

Gas cylinders (e.g. camping gas cylinders - full or empty)

Adhesive products (containing flammable liquid)

Generators (fuel powered)

Aerosol cans (e.g. hairspray)

Glue (e.g. flammable, quick drying)

Air bag (car) Grenades (including imitation

Grenades (including imitation Grenades)

Alarm devices (gas or battery powered)

Hair colouring/bleaches

Alcohol (more than 5 litres)

Hairspray (aerosol)

Alcohol (more than 70% by volume)

Human remains (including ashes)

Alkaline

Igniters

Ammonia-based products

Indecent goods

Ammunition

Insecticides

Anti-freeze

Laundry detergents

Appliances (containing batteries)

Lighter fluid

Asbestos

Liquid nitrogen

Barometers

Magnetic material

Batteries (made from lithium Ion, some exceptions apply)

Ion, some exceptions apply) Mercury

Batteries (car or wet cell)

Motor fuels

Battery fluid

Nail polish

Blasting caps

Nail polish remover

Bleach

Narcotics

Brake fluid

Oven cleaners (containing caustic soda)

Bullets

Oxygen cylinders, including compressed air

Bullion

Paint (oil based)

Butane

Party poppers

Camphor

Perfume (including aftershave, cologne)

Caps for starting guns

Peroxides

Caps for toy guns

Petrol

Carbon paper

Phosphorus

Caustic soda

Polish

Charcoal

Polyester resin kits

Chemicals

Propane

Chlorates

Shock absorbers (gas or compressed air)

Chlorine

Signals, distress

Christmas crackers

Signals, smoke

Cigarette lighters

Sodium

Cleaning materials (liquid or powder)

Solvents

Compressed air

Sparklers

Deodorant (aerosols)

Stun guns, tasers and stun batons

Disinfectants

Sulphuric acid

Drugs (unless in prescription quantities)

Swimming pool chemicals

Dry ice

Tea tree oil

Dyes

Textile dyes

Essential oils (e.g. eucalyptus, tea tree)

Theatrical flares

Fertilisers

Thermometers (mercury)

Fibreglass repair kits

Toner (e.g. photocopier toner, toner cartridges)

Fire extinguishers

Toy caps

Fire lighters

Toys (containing batteries)

Firearms (including parts) and ammunition

Turpentine

Fireworks (e.g. skyrockets, sparklers, crackers)

Varnish (e.g. removers, thinners)

First Aid kits

Aid kits Watches

Flares

Weapons, including bows, crossbows and arrows, harpoons,

Furs and skins (untreated)

Weed killers

Gas (e.g. propane, butane, hydrogen, helium)

Zinc powder 

PLUS

  • Illegal items: any item that is illegal or prohibited by law or any authority whether in New Zealand or the destination country; any item that is prohibited by a United Nations sanction - for further details refer to United Nations Security Council Sanctions
  • Dangerous items: any item that is capable, as packaged, of causing injury to people or damage to property
  • Inadequately packaged items: any item that is not sufficiently packaged to withstand a 1.2m drop
  • Fragile items: regardless of how it is packaged*
  • Perishable items: any item that may spoil or decay, or has an expiry date of less than 6 months from the date of sending
  • Restricted items: any item that is classified as Restricted under our terms and conditions where you have not complied with the conditions of carriage for that item
  • IATA listed items: any item that is listed in the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations inc. explosives, gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidising substances and organic peroxides, toxic (poisonous) and infectious substances, radioactive materials (except in quantities exempted from the Radiation Protection Act 1965)*, corrosives, and highly magnetic and polymerisable substances
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