Banned and restricted goods

1:Overview 2:Arrivals from EU countries
3:Arrivals from outside the EU 4:Banned and restricted goods
5:Declaring goods to customs

There are some goods that you can’t bring into the UK – they’ll be seized by customs.

These include:

  • illegal drugs
  • offensive weapons, eg flick knives
  • self-defence sprays, eg pepper spray and CS gas
  • endangered animal and plant species
  • rough diamonds
  • indecent and obscene materials
  • personal imports of meat and dairy products from most non-EU countries

Some goods are restricted – like firearms, explosives and ammunition. You need a special licence to bring them in to the UK.

Some food and plant products are also restricted if they:

  • aren’t free from pests and diseases
  • aren’t for your own use
  • weren’t grown in the EU

If you bring goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (eg ‘pirate’ copies of movies or music) they may be seized and you could be prosecuted.

Posted on: 12th December 2016, by : ICS Legal