Bringing goods into the UK

Banned and restricted goods

There are some goods that you can’t bring into the UK - they’ll be seized by customs.

These include:

  • illegal drugs
  • offensive weapons, eg flick knives
  • self-defence sprays, eg pepper spray and CS gas
  • endangered animal and plant species
  • rough diamonds
  • indecent and obscene materials
  • personal imports of meat and dairy products from most non-EU countries

Some goods are restricted - like firearms, explosives and ammunition. You need a special licence to bring them in to the UK.

Some food and plant products are also restricted if they:

  • aren’t free from pests and diseases
  • aren’t for your own use
  • weren’t grown in the EU

If you bring goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (eg ‘pirate’ copies of movies or music) they may be seized and you could be prosecuted.