Friday, October 12, 2007

UK Postal Restrictions

I will soon be posting a package for knitting mystery swap. I was looking on the USPS site to get info about customs and mailing to the UK and found some of the mailing restrictions somewhat humerous:

You can not send:
Cards decorated with mica or ground glass or similar materials unless they are placed in envelopes.
Goods made in foreign prisons, except those imported for a non-commercial purpose or of a kind not manufactured in the UK. (This is why they don't allow sheep in prison)
Horror comics and matrices. (When Knitters Go Bad...)
Obscene articles, prints, paintings, cards, films, videotapes, etc. (No naughty knitting!)
Perishable infectious biological substances. (Why?)
Seal skins except those from an accepted source. (What is an acceptable source?)
Switchblade knives. (Don;t touch my knitting or I will rough you up)
Live bees. (Yea, this was on my list of things to mail in a package)
Live queen bees must be accompanied by an import license issued by a UK Government Agricultural Department and a health certificate issued by the appropriate Government Department of the country of origin stating that the bees are free of disease. (Where does one find a vet who treats bees?)

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