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The Postal Network cannot be used to send objects or documents whose circulation is prohibited by the applicable national or international laws for reasons of safety, public health, general usefulness, and the protection of the universal postal service.

The packaging must be appropriate for the shape and type of content, ensuring that handling it does not present any risk for the postal workers, it is not dangerous when transported, and it will not damage or leak onto other items.

Prohibited objects

There are different types of prohibitions applicable to objects sent via Correos:

- Universal prohibitions www.upu.int/keepitsafe
- The prohibitions of individual countries arising from national import regulations;
- The prohibitions applicable by the postal services in the different countries (relating to goods whose importation is authorised by law but prohibited by postal regulations).

If Correos accepts an item that does not meet these requirements, the sender will not be exempted from responsibility. The objects indicated below are prohibited, whatever their destination. Correos accepts no responsibility for errors or omissions relating to such objects, as the list of goods is variable depending on each destination country.

List of prohibited objects:

1. Products subject to reservation and with no special authorisation to circulate in the postal network.
2. Opium and its derivatives, cocaine, and other illegal drugs, unless sent for medical purposes and accompanied by official authorisation.
3. Items whose packaging or cover contains text or illustrations that violate fundamental human rights.
4. Weapons, as established in Royal Decree 137/1993, of 29 January, approving the Weapons Regulations.
5. Explosives, inflammables, and other hazardous materials, except for perishable biological materials sent between officially recognised laboratories, and radioactive materials sent by duly authorised issuers.
6. Live animals without special authorisation or sent between officially recognised institutions.
7. Objects whose traffic is an offence.
8. Those determined by international agreements to which Spain is a signatory.

Unacceptable hazardous goods:

Items containing any of the products or substances listed below are prohibited from circulation on the postal network

1.- EXPLOSIVES.- Fireworks – Bangers – Munitions – Gunpowder - Flares
2.- COMPRESSED GASES.- Lighters - Diving tanks – Camping gas – Aerosols – Extinguishers.
3.- FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS.- Petrol lighters - Lighter fluid - Oil paint - Adhesive substances - Flammable perfumes.
4.- FLAMMABLE SUBSTANCES.- Matches – Charcoal.
5.- OXIDANT SUBSTANCES.- Oxygen-generating chemicals - Peroxides/Bleaching powders.
6.- TOXIC AND INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCES.- Pesticides - Agricultural chemicals - Mercury compounds – Bacteria – Virus
7.- RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS.-
8.- CORROSIVE MATERIALS.- wet cell batteries – Mercury (Thermometers) - Clorhydric acid.
9.- OTHERS.- Magnetised products – Motors - Solid carbon dioxide (dry ice).

Acceptable hazardous goods:

1.- Ion/lithium batteries: Installed in equipment (ONU 3481) according to packaging instruction 967. Maximum 4 batteries (=< 20wh) o 2 baterías (=<100wh) en un solo bulto.
2.- Metal lithium batteries: Installed in equipment (ONU 3091) according to packaging instruction 970. Maximum 4 batteries (=<1 gr.) o 2 baterías.>

Particular restrictions linked to the sensitive nature of the goods:

Certain goods, due to their sensitive nature are subject to circulation restrictions, whatever their origin or destination. The Customs office is responsible for applying certain national and international restrictive regulations, collaborating with other administrations.

These goods must be accompanied by specific documents:
- licences
- certificates
- import or export permits

These documents must be presentable to the administration for Customs processing or any unscheduled inspection by the customs authorities. The Customs office procedures for posted items containing goods subject to restrictions, or any other specific formality, must be carried out by the sender or their representative.