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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. Please contact yoru GSS Account Manager for approval. 


  • 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)
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