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Couriers rejecting parcels?!

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I tried to send a ma57p by post and the post office rejected it saying they would not send the item.

 

I tried to send it by another courier, for legal purposes I will call it Inter-Sparcel... They said no bb guns!

 

What do I do?

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That's really weird, I sent 2 large airsoft guns through them only last month- did you wrap the package in a black bin bag/brown paper?

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Firstly, tell them it's 'sporting goods' you do not have to state it's an airsoft weapon, the Royal Mail can't refuse it unless it's on their 'restricted list' but they are about THE most expensive to send anything these days

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UPS. No worries with them at all.

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All my guns come to me through Parcel Farce no problem (except their extra administration charge for customs)

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I only get asked if it's flammable/won't explode/etc. when I have sent stuff through the post office - even after saying it's an airsoft gun. Maybe the clerk on the desk was just in a pissy mood that day.

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I always label my packages Airsoft TOY

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Royal Mail accept RIFs but they have to be sent via special delivery.

Parcel Force accept them also.

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From Royal Mail Prohibited Item List:

 

Ammunition

Except lead pellets and other airgun and airsoft projectiles.

 

Batteries

Batteries that are classed as dangerous goods by the latest edition of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Technical Instructions are prohibited. This includes wet spillable lead acid/lead alkaline batteries (such as car batteries), used alkaline metal, nickel metal hydride (NiMH), nickel cadmium (NiCd), zinc-air batteries, and damaged batteries of any type.

Lithium ion/polymer/metal/alloy batteries when not sent with, or contained in/connected to an electronic device, are prohibited.

Lithium ion/polymer/metal/alloy batteries are allowed when sent with or contained in/connected to an electronic device, but are subject to packaging, volume and quantity restrictions. Please seewww.royalmail.com/restrictedgoods.

For more information on lithium batteries please see the IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document newwin-red-13-12.png .

Sealed lead acid batteries are allowed in the UK, but are also subject to packaging, volume, quantity and labelling restrictions. Please seewww.royalmail.com/restrictedgoods

Alkaline metal, nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries may only be sent when new and in their original packaging. Please see www.royalmail.com/restrictedgoods

 

Weapons

Including Section 5 firearms (e.g. handguns, machine guns), CS gas and pepper sprays, flick knives, tasers and stun guns. Items that appear to be prohibited weapons may be subject to additional checks and delays.

Guns for sporting use, including Section 1 (e.g. hunting rifles), Section 2 (e.g. shotguns) firearms and low-powered air weapons may be sent in compliance with UK law and subject to domestic controls on the possession of firearms. Please seewww.royalmail.com/restrictedgoods

 

From Royal Mail Restricted Items List:

 

Guns for sporting use

Guns intended for sporting purposes - including Section 1 (e.g. hunting rifles) and Section 2 (e.g. shotguns) firearms, low-powered air weapons and their component parts - may be sent in compliance with UK law and subject to domestic controls on the possession of firearms. Antiques, deactivated and imitation firearms are also permitted. When sending deactivated firearms include proof of deactivation.

Items that appear to be prohibited weapons may be subject to additional checks and delays. Please seewww.royalmail.com/prohibitedgoods

Use 1st Class as the minimum service. The sender’s name and address must be clearly visible on the outer packaging.

 

 

As Spatch says, don't make trouble for yourself by telling a clerk who may well not know wtf they are talking about anything they can get their knickers in a twist about. Just say "Sports Equipment".

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