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New Zealand Couriers does their best to accommodate senders that want to ship prohibited goods, but they do have restrictions. These restrictions come down to either government policy, network limitations, or malpractice of sending invaluable items through their courier service. The list of items below are prohibited to be sent through NZ Couriers. If an item in this list is sent, you may face penalties and if something were to happen to the item (e.g., damage), you cannot make a claim for it. 


Items marked with an * can be sent if the sender is an account holder and has approval to send these items


  • Antiques
  • Cabinets
  • Cash, coins, cheques and Bullions
  • Animals (except bees) dead or alive
  • Oil*
  • Precious Stones
  • Flowers, Plants, or Trees*
  • Helium Balloons
  • Furniture
  • Passports (unless pre-approved)
  • Gift boxes and hampers (unless boxed)
  • Live Fish
  • Paintings or any art work
  • Fragile items – these can be sent at the sender's risk
  • Fuel Tanks – both unused and new (unless certified empty)
  • Jewellery
  • Food – perishable food that have an expiry date (meat, chocolate etc.) and refrigerated food*
  • Explosives (matches, flares, fire starters etc.)
  • Deer Velvet
  • Engines/Gearboxes
  • Dangerous Goods (unless they align with theirDangerous Goods Policy)
  • Car bumpers (unless under sized and boxed), windows, doors, and bonnets*
  • People, body parts, ashes, human remains, cremations
  • Ammunition
  • Firearms (unless the firing mechanism is sent separately and it is approved by their National Operations Manager)
  • Containers previously used to contain Dangerous Goods (unless certified empty) 
  • Grease*
  • Home Appliances
  • Negotiable Instruments
  • Stocks or Bonds
  • Vehicle Tyres (oversized)
  • Wet Batteries (containing acid)


NZ Couriers Dimension Restrictions

  • Cannot send anything over 25kgs
  • Nothing longer than 1.8m
  • Nothing bigger than 0.125m cubed
  • Cannot be irregularly shaped or poorly packaged – must be able to lift safely by one person



Courier Post


Courier Post have an extensive list of prohibited items listed below


Ammunition and Weapons 

  • Air guns 
  • Ammunition 
  • Bullets 
  • Firearms 
  • Grenades (inc. imitation ones) 
  • Weapons, including bows, crossbows and arrows, harpoons, spear guns, sling shots, catapults, swordsticks 
  • Stun guns, tasers and stun baton 


Batteries & Corrosives 

  • Acid (of any type) 
  • Batteries (car or wet cell) 
  • Powerbanks 


Combustion Engines 

  • Generators (fuel powered) 
  • Purged engines

Matches and Lighters

  • Blasting caps (including caps for starting or toy guns) 
  • Fire and flint lighters 
  • Flares (inc. theatrical, distress and smoke signals) 
  • Igniters 
  • Matches and cigarette lighters


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, organic peroxides, toxic (poisonous) and infectious substances, radioactive materials (except in quantities exempted from the Radiation Protection Act 1965)*, corrosives, and highly magnetic and polymerizable substances.

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 

UnitedNations Security Council Sanctions


Other Prohibited Items


  • Animals 
  • First aid kits 
  • Furs and skins (untreated) 
  • Human or animal remains (inc. ashes, body parts and placentas) 
  • Indecent goods 
  • Perishable items – any items that can spoil or decay, or has an expiry date less than 6 months from the day of shipment
  • Valuables 
  • Negotiable instruments (inc. bearer securities, bills of exchange or uncrossed cheques) 
  • Tickets for games of chance, event tickets 


Additional prohibited items 

  • Any item that is not sufficiently packaged to withstand a 1.2m drop 
  • 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 
  • Fragile items regardless of how they are packaged


Depending on where you want to send these items, their value, or what service you use, you may be able to send them – see the Restricted Items section.

  • Firearms accessories
  • Correctly packaged live organisms (bees, leeches, silkworms and harmless insects)
  • Stamps (unused)
  • Electronic/electric appliances, devices & toys containing Lithium-metal or Lithium-ion (inc. Lithium-ion polymer) batteries
  • Numismatic items
  • Passports and National ID cards
  • Original copies of other identity, travel, ownership or legal documents
  • Vouchers, activated cards loaded with monetary value
  • Bank (e.g., debit, EFTPOS or credit) and gift cards 
  • Bullion, coins, currency, traveller’s cheques, bonds and shares 
  • Collectables, antiques, paintings, sculpture or other works of art
  • Jewellery (made of precious metals or stones) precious metals or stones, watches
  • Keys 
  • Magnets or magnetic material (inc. fridge magnets and compasses) - only permitted when using Go Flexible
  • Medicines or Controlled Drugs – additional restrictions apply for international services
  • Firearms parts – any working or non-working part of a firearm that is made to be an important piece of a firearm e.g., magazine, silencer, stock/butt etc.
  • Vaping and e-Cigarette paraphernalia 


Please click the links below to learn more about Courier Post's policies and Restricted Goods

Postal User Guide

Restricted Items


Bleaches and Poisons 

  • Alkaline 
  • Ammonia-based products 
  • Asbestos 
  • Bleach (including hair bleaches) 
  • Chemicals (inc. chlorine for swimming pools) 
  • Dyes (including hair and textile dyes) 
  • Insecticides 
  • Noxious substances 
  • Poisons (e.g. cyanide, lead, arsenic) 
  • Sodium 
  • Weed killers 
  • Zinc powder 


Compressed Gas 

  • Compressed air 
  • Fire extinguishers 
  • Gas cylinders (e.g. camping – full or empty) 
  • Oxygen cylinders including compressed air 
  • Paint guns 
  • Shock absorbers (gas or compressed air) 


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