What to bear in mind when sending food parcels abroad – part 3:  sending home-made foods via courier

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What to bear in mind when sending food parcels abroad – part 3:  sending home-made foods via courier

Dealing with perishables

Unfortunately, home-made foods and such items as baked goods usually fall into the category of perishable foods since they do not contain preservatives and will therefore go off or spoil during transit.

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All food items that are classed as perishables are not permitted for transport via courier.  However, there are some useful tips for how you can still get your loved ones’ favourite home-made foods to them.

How to ship home-made foods

  • Avoid cheating the system by passing off your home-made foods as store bought items since there are penalties to pay should you go this route.
  • Bear in mind that certain countries may not allow certain foods to be imported into their country, hence, always check in advance that the items you are sending are not classed as prohibited or restricted for import to avoid delivery delays.
  • Additional tip: Do send your recipes for your home-cooked foods so that your loved ones can recreate their favourite treats in their own kitchen.
  • Do include store bought ‘baking kits’ and utensils that may come in handy when cooking your recipe.
  • Do include packets of store bought ‘cake mix’ so that all your loved ones have to do is ‘add water’ to enjoy a delicious spotted dick pudding that reminds them of home.
  • Do include store bought treats such as favourite chocolates, chips and sweets that your loved ones cannot buy in the destination country.

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