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You must not send any item addressed to a country in which the item is unlawful or prohibited. When an item is restricted you must comply with the restriction. Prohibitions and restrictions vary from country to country, and can sometimes apply to items which you may think are ordinary. The information above is provided in good faith, but Royal Mail is not responsible for it, and it should be viewed as a guide only. Specific restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for clarification please contact the destination country’s trade, postal, and customs authorities as appropriate. Business customers are strongly recommended to do this.

Such products may only come from a country authorised to export to the national territory. Provided it is not prohibited by special provisions of the Health Authorities, the importation under all customs régimes, with the exception of frontier-to frontier transit without breaking of load, of animal products or products of animal origin intended for consumption by humans or by pet animals is permitted subject to current hygiene regulations, namely:

In addition, importation is prohibited of certain poultry products originating in or coming from countries in which the use of certain substances containing arsenic, antimony or oestrogen for feeding and raising the animals concerned is not forbidden. These are countries other than: Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep), Czech Rep, Denmark, Dominica, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary (Rep), Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland (Rep), Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia and Turkey. (Further information on this regulation may be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture.)

Apiary products and equipment (viz honey and wax in all forms) may be imported subject to presentation of a health certificate issued by the relevant authority in the country of origin. The entries on the certificate may be simplified (in the case of acariosis, the document can merely certify that there has been no contact between the honey and wax on the one hand and the bees on the other for 72 hours prior to dispatch).

Most seeds to be used for plant reproduction are subject to special inspection for colouring and detection of dodder, and to checking of purity and germination capacity. Nevertheless, samples of fodder seeds for commercial use imported in postal items of less than 3 kg shall be exempted from special control measures concerning dodder, providing no individual packet of samples in a parcel weighs more than 300 g.

Grape juices, must, wine of fresh grapes, dessert wines. Importation of grape juices, partly fermented grape must, even other than with fermentation arrested by the addition of alcohol, wine of fresh grapes, dessert wines, mistelles or must with alcohol added to arrest fermentation is subject to compliance with the special conditions set out in the "Avis aux importateurs" (Notice to importers) periodically published in the Journal Officiel (including presentation of an import permit issued by the Institut des vins de consommation courante).

Because of the monopoly on importation of tobaccos from third countries, tobaccos that are not freely circulating in the EEC may be imported only by the Société nationale d’exploitation industrielle des tabacs et allumettes (SEITA). Tobaccos may be imported by individuals, however, subject to special authorisations issued by Customs for quantities under 2 kg imported in small non-commercial consignments. For quantities exceeding 2 kg, a request for exceptional authorisation to import must be made to the Directorate-General of Customs. Tobaccos marketed in France by SEITA do not benefit from these import exemptions. Without these authorisations, tobacco may not be imported into France if quantities exceed those admitted under exemptions for travellers. When cleared for home use, imported tobaccos are subject to customs duty, excise duty and sales taxes (VAT and BAPSA).

Anti-parasite products for agricultural use and similar products, packed for retail sale, may be imported only if they have been approved either by granting of a temporary sale or import licence or a permit for distribution for experimental use or of an exemption from approval. (All further information on these regulations may be obtained from the Directorate-General of Food, Ministry of Agriculture.)

Anti-parasite products for agricultural use and similar products, packed for retail sale, may be imported only if they have been approved either by granting of a temporary sale or import licence or a permit for distribution for experimental use or of an exemption from approval. (All further information on these regulations may be obtained from the Directorate-General of Food, Ministry of Agriculture.)

The importation of infant care articles is subject to presence of the indication "conforms to safety requirements" on the article itself or its packaging. The importer must have, for the disposal of the Customs, information describing how the manufacturer determined that the product complies with the applicable standards, and the address of the place of manufacture or storage.

Books, newspapers, booklets, publications and printed matter imported from other countries are subject, in the interests of public order, to special restrictions and conditions, particularly to checking by specially appointed officials of the Ministry of the Interior, who shall have authority to determine whether books and other articles should be admitted into the country or not.

The importation of infant care articles is subject to presence of the indication "conforms to safety requirements" on the article itself or its packaging. The importer must have, for the disposal of the Customs, information describing how the manufacturer determined that the product complies with the applicable standards, and the address of the place of manufacture or storage.

The importation of infant care articles is subject to presence of the indication "conforms to safety requirements" on the article itself or its packaging. The importer must have, for the disposal of the Customs, information describing how the manufacturer determined that the product complies with the applicable standards, and the address of the place of manufacture or storage.

The importation of infant care articles is subject to presence of the indication "conforms to safety requirements" on the article itself or its packaging. The importer must have, for the disposal of the Customs, information describing how the manufacturer determined that the product complies with the applicable standards, and the address of the place of manufacture or storage.

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