International prohibited goods


Please read the list of Prohibited Goods below before booking an International delivery.  Widoph Logistics will not transport prohibited goods.

This page lists goods prohibited for International delivery.

If you are importing into Australia with Widoph Logistics, do not risk your goods being seized by customs on arrival. Check the full list of goods prohibited for import on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection  website.

  • Live goods, including animals, fish, birds (live)
  • Human remains or ashes
  • Bullion (of any precious metal)
  • Cash (current legal tender) (bank notes, currency notes and coins)
  • Loose precious and semi-precious stones
  • Complete firearms, ammunition, explosives / explosive devices
  • Imitation or replica firearms, air guns, ammunition, explosives / explosive devices
  • Illegal goods, including ivory
  • Antiques and works of art
  • Banderols/tax stickers
  • Cigarettes
  • Firearms parts
  • Furs and ivory
  • Jewellery, watches, precious metals (other than bullion)
  • Negotiable instruments in bearer form (whether cash-like or not)
  • Toy guns, air guns
  • Batteries This includes devices with enclosed batteries such Mobile Phones, Laptops, Tablets. These devices contain Lithium-Ion batteries which are classified as dangerous goods.
  • Obscene or immoral articles / materials
  • Narcotics and psychotropic substances
  • Articles which are deemed to be illegal to import in the destination country
  • Personal Effects
  • Perishable Goods (Foodstuff) – E.g. meat, fish, vegetable and fruits
  • Dangerous goods, including but not restricted to
    1. Explosives – E.g. ammunition, fireworks, inters, fuses and caps for toy firearms
    2. Compressed Gas (flammable & non-flammable) – E.g. aerosol products, charged butane cigarette lighters and fire extinguishers
    3. Liquids – Flammable liquids in any form – E.g. gasoline, flammable solvents, paints and varnish removers
    4. Flammable solids – E.g. matches of all kinds and cellulose nitrate films/substances which become dangerous when wet
    5. Oxidising Materials – E.g. substances which yield oxygen readily, selected hair/textile dyes, bleaching powders and adhesives
    6. Toxic & Infectious Substances – E.g. drugs and medicines (except samples of poisons/toxins /drugs/medicines in prescription quantities which are packed and transmitted in the prescribed manner)
    7. Radioactive Materials – E.g. medical or research samples containing substances
    8. Corrosives – E.g. corrosive cleaning liquids, rust removers or preventative instruments containing mercury/battery fluid
  • Please note liquids (other than dangerous goods) are permissible to send via DHL but ensure they are packaged correctly. Liquids are not permissible if sent via Widoph Logistics.
  • South African customs has implemented the following measures relating to the importation of sample or commercial shipments of textiles:
    1. Shipments containing textile products are more likely to be stopped for inspection;
    2. Textile, wearing apparel and flat goods are considered ‘trade sensitive” commodities by the Government and require special documentation and processing;
    3. Specific documents and comprehensive information about the shipment is a requirement to ensure effective release by Customs;
    4. To stop illegal textile shipments from entering South Africa, Customs has instituted stringent but practical processes aimed at delivering efficient service to Bona Fide exporters;
    5. Textiles or clothing shipments are currently targeted and South African Customs reserves the right to stop any shipment for physical examination.

In addition to the Prohibited Items above, when importing into Australia please check the Australian border protection website Can I Bring It back.