Exporting and sending products to customers can always be a bit tricky but disaster can strike when your next big export market happens to ban the import of your product.
Here are DHL Express’s top six quirky customs to watch out for:
- Import of dental products to Algeria are prohibited
- A license is needed to import tents into Jordan
- Nigeria rejects the import of wheelbarrows and plastic flowers
- Artwork destined for Armenia can only be sent to companies, not to individuals
- Maps are not allowed on diaries and GPS systems going into Argentina
- No matching pairs of shoes can be sent to South Africa, Mexico or India
“Commenting on the list, Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Express UK says: “Manycustoms regulations are based on local and political issues which can be difficult for a UK small business to anticipate and prepare for, for instance Morocco bans the import of maps not complying with Moroccan border territory in the Sahara Desert.
“Just because we live in a globalised world of international trade doesn’t mean that quirky customs won’t stop you getting your product to market. Not knowing these details could mean the difference between making a sale and winning in brand new markets.”