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Courier for Liquids

If you need to send liquid by courier Overland Express, have provided a delivery service for liquids for over thirty years, so if you are looking for a courier that delivers liquids such as hand sanitising gel and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), you are in the right place. Sending liquids in the post is straightforward, as long as the packaging guidelines below are followed.

We are one of the few couriers that ship liquids, from deliveries of shampoo and shipments of hair care products, through to sending wines and spirits and posting oils and lubricants. There are a few couriers that will let you send liquid by post, although there are restrictions on sending liquids. If you need to send perfume or aftershave, please visit our send perfume shipping site here.

A cardboard box must be used for the outer packaging due to COVID-19 handling restrictions.

When sending liquids containing alcohol, hand sanitisers, hand gels, they can only be sent by road, throughout the UK (excluding Northern Ireland). We cannot deliver them outside of the UK Mainland. Please select Parcel Force or UPS specialist as the carrier, when choosing a liquid delivery service.

We cannot send poisonous liquids, petrol, paraffin, thinners, or any forms of highly toxic, highly flammable or explosive liquids. If in doubt, please contact us.

Non flammable liquids are safe to be sent by air or road, on our liquid services, if in doubt about what liquids you can send on our liquid courier service, please get in touch with us.

When packing liquids for shipment, the most important thing to consider is the risk of leakage. Always place any liquids in a sealed waterproof bag and then place that into a cardboard box. If you are sending liquid or similar, please read our advice on packing liquids which can be found below.

How to Send Liquid by Courier


Bubble wrap
Parcel tape
Strong cardboard box
Packing peanuts

A cardboard box must be used for the outer packaging due to COVID-19 handling restrictions.

When choosing a cardboard box to send liquids in, always use double walled new boxes. Used boxes may not offer sufficient protection. Select one large enough to leave sufficient room for you to add some cushioning. This can be in the form of bubble wrap, polystyrene packing peanuts, or for even more security, use air shock bubble packaging. Please note that neither Overland Express or any of the carriers will except responsibility for any liquids damaged whilst in transit, so a little extra care when preparing to ship liquid will result in your liquid delivery arriving in good condition.

Place a layer of packing on the base of the box, then place the item onto the packaging and fill any gaps with packing material. This reduces the chance of the liquid delivery moving around during transit. Shake the box to check that the liquid you are sending cannot move about. If necessary, add more packing material until it is securely held in place.

Once that you are happy with the packaging of the liquid delivery, tape the box shut with 2 or 3 layers of strong parcel tape, paying attention to any edges that may need additional tape.

Finally, attach the Overland Express parcel label to the box, together with 3 copies of the commercial invoice, if sending liquids outside of the United Kingdom. Commercial invoices must be signed and attached to the outside of the box.

Should you need a reliable courier for liquids, then take a look at Overland Express, our quick quote tool above will give you an instant quote.

Please read some of our frequently asked questions when sending liquid, which can be found below.

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Fantastic company! Delivered my parcel to the Netherlands which contained liquids and Christmas gifts with no hassle. Great customer service, replied immediately to my emails and very lovely to speak to on the phone. My parcel was collected promptly and delivered within 2 days.


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Efficient and effective company who have been a pleasure to deal with. Sending parcels is very straight forward and they have a good range of delivery carrier choices. Helpful staff if needed are at the end of an email.

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Simple to book, great value, very efficient

Shipping tyres is a nightmare, especially when trying to accurately measure them. Overland Express just ask you the size of wheel it goes on. Great value and simple to go through the ordering process. Will definitely use them again and not just for tyres.

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Specialist Areas

If you are sending standard parcels, paints, perfumes or wheels, please press the tile below that best suits your requirements.

Why Choose Overland Express?


We purposely try to keep our overheads down which enables us to offer you the lowest prices on international parcel delivery and domestic courier services. We avoid using advertising as someone has to pay for this, that someone is you!

Instant Comparison

No waiting or the need to enter your email address to obtain a quote, just provide source and destination postcodes along with the dimensions of the parcel that you wish to send, and you will immediately be presented with the price.

Great Brands

DHL, UPS, Parcel Force etc. - Enough said, we do not use budget courier service providers full stop. Having been in the parcel delivery industry for almost 30 years, we've seen the problems caused by these 'budget' provider's first hand.

SMS Notifications

Our DHL options utilise the Short Messaging Service (SMS) alerts to notify you (and the recipient if chosen) when your parcel is due to be delivered, yes, a bit old school now, however, very convenient as no apps are required to receive the notification.

Perfume & Cosmetics

Have you ever tried to ship perfume and cosmetics? We can provide bespoke shipping services specifically for these difficult to send products, see our specialist pages above for more information and how to package and post these niche items.

Great Customer Support

You will not find a better customer services team in the courier industry that are contactable via telephone, if you don't believe us, read our reviews on Trustpilot, most comment on how professional and helpful our UK based team are.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need to complete Customs paperwork when sending liquid?
A. We provide all Customs paperwork free of charge. This is only required when sending liquid outside of the United Kingdom.

Q. Can I track my delivery of liquid?
A. All liquid deliveries are tracked door to door.

Q. Do I need an account to send liquid?
A. An account is not necessary, you can book directly through our website.

Q. Can I insure my liquid delivery?
A. We cannot insure liquids with any carrier.

Q. Is there a limit on how many hand sanitisers I can send?
A. Due to the alcohol content, we can send a maximum of 5 kg, throughout the UK Mainland.

Q. Can you send liquids in the post?
A. Liquids can be sent in the post as long as they are sufficiently packed. Please read our packaging advice above when sending liquids via courier.

Q. Which couriers will take liquids?
A. UPS and Parcel Force will carry liquids through the UK and Europe, as long as they are not flammable or hazardous. Any non hazardous liquids can also be sent Worldwide by air or road with DHL. If you are in any doubt, please contact us for more advice.

Q. Can liquids be shipped Internationally?
A. Non-flammable and on-hazardous liquids can be sent Internationally by air and road, please ensure that they are sufficiently packed for transport.