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Courier for paint

Overland Express are a specialist carrier for paint, so if you need to send paint within the UK, Europe, or Worldwide, we have many cost effective delivery options available. Read on for information on how to send paint.

We have been sending paint, with our partners DHL, UPS, and Parcel Force, on their extensive domestic and European road networks, for over 30 years.

When shipping paint, there are a few things to consider, whilst DHL are able to send paint through their network, they do have restrictions, so we have listed them as follows.

You can ONLY send water based paint and emulsions worldwide via DHL and UPS. They will NOT accept flammable, non water based paints. If in doubt, please DO NOT select DHL or UPS as the carrier. Our UPS specialist service is for non water based paints within the UK only.

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

Oil based paints, varnishes, gloss and undercoats, lacquers, wood preservatives and treatments, heat proof paint and stove paint, car paints, anti-foul, floor paints and sealers, aerosols, wood stains, worktop oils and any other flammable or hazardous paints, can only be sent in limited quantities. The limits are Parcel Force, 15kg per box, UPS 5kg per box, throughout the UK only (excluding Northern Ireland). These cannot be sent by air, or outside of the UK Mainland. If you are in any doubt, please contact us.

To send paint, please refer to our packing instructions below.

Before sending paint, please read our packing instructions below carefully, as we cannot insure paints, or accept any responsibility or liability for any damage caused during transit.

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.

Furthermore, as we benefit from being a volume purchaser from the likes of DHL, UPS and Parcel Force, we get preferential rates, which in turn, we pass on to you.

To start saving huge sums of money on all of your paint deliveries, please take a look at our great rates that are available through the 'Send a Parcel' tool above. And remember, If it is not water based, please select UPS Specialist or Parcel Force. Please note: DHL can only carry non-hazardous water-based paint.

Shipping paint internationally

Sending paint overseas is pretty much the same as sending it throughout the UK, the only difference is that you will require Customs documentation, this is generated automatically during the booking process. Please note that you can only send water based paints outside of the UK mainland. You may also be liable for Customs duty on the paint's arrival into the destination Country.

How to Send Paint 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 you send paint, make sure the metal paint container holding the paint is sealed tightly, using paint tin clips. Then securely band the tin in two directions, using a band-it strapping tool. If you do not have access to one of these, use reinforced parcel tape or duct tape, again, applied in two directions, to securely hold the lid in place.

Once this is done, wrap the tin with bubble wrap and secure with parcel tape. The tin must then be placed into a secure polythene bag, with a cable tie to secure it closed. This is in the event that if the tin did leak, the paint will stay inside the polythene bag.

Place the tin inside a double wall cardboard box and fill the cardboard box with packing peanuts. Make sure there are enough peanuts in the box to keep the paint container from moving around during transit.

If you are sending 2.5 ltr paint tins, or larger (maximum 5 ltr), these must be packed in separate boxes. No more than one tin per box.

Seal the cardboard box with packing tape and shake it to make sure the paint container is firmly in place. If you can hear it moving about, add more packing peanuts to fill any voids.

Finally, either write the delivery address on the finished box, or attach an address label.

Should you need a reliable courier for paint, then take a look at Overland Express, visit our quick quote tool above to get an instant quote.

Please read below, some of our frequently asked questions when sending paint by courier.

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I send my work worldwide on a regular…

I send my work worldwide on a regular basis and I now use Overland Express for all my shipping. It is great to get such a personal service, they are always quick to answer emails and you even get to talk to a real person on the phone, who knows what they are doing. It is also good to know the insurance they offer really works as the insurance offered by most of the big companies have so many restrictions and exemptions. I have used Overland Express many times and I am very happy with their service and would recommend them to anyone.

Gary Southwell

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I have used Overland Express for 2…

I have used Overland Express for 2 years now. I use them to ship bass guitars which are a very large item and have found that they offer the best prices and a good choice of options.
But you only find out how good a company is when things go wrong. Recently there was an issue with a return to a shop, they had the item but due to a mix up within the shop the parcel was never booked in.
I would like to thank the guys at OE for the work you guys put in to help resolve this issue. With some shippers you can`t even speak to a real person never mind get someone to help you with a problem so having someone who you can e mail or speak to on the phone, helped resolve the issue with the shop.


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Needed to send my late husband's guitar…

Needed to send my late husband's guitar plus accessories to a family member.
I've never used a carrier other than Royal Mail before and was a bit nervous. (The parcel was too large for Royal Mail and I'd been warned against using a certain other carrier.)
The Overland Express website gave very helpful advice on how to prepare the guitar and protect it for transit.
I found the firm's customer service to be excellent. I was worried because online tracking informed me that only one parcel had been delivered. I phoned and got an answer straight away. Tom (I think) checked online for me and was very reassuring.
The second parcel was indeed delivered later in the day.

Mari Beagrie


Specialist Areas

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

Why Choose Overland Express?

Lowest Prices

We are able to offer lower process than the courier providers themselves due to our bulk buying power, further to that these providers don't want to have the hassle of dealing with individuals - That's how we can offer significantly lower prices.

Immediate Quote

We've tried to make it as easy as possible to book a parcel delivery with Overland Express by keeping the number of pages down to an absolute minimum that you are required to click-through to complete the parcel delivery booking.

Biggest Names

We are sorry to disappoint, but you will not find any budget parcel delivery services here. However, the premium highly rated services from the likes of DHL and UPS can be found here that have prices very close to the budget services that we always avoid.

Parcel Tracking

Use the tracking reference number that we provide at the time of booking to ascertain the whereabouts of your parcel at any given time, from collection to delivery, major updates are always shown on our courier partners tracking pages.


We have secured specialist insurance cover for most items (glass, perfume, paint and liquids etc. excluded) up to the value of £20,000.00 which can be purchased for just 2.00% of the items stated value.

Live Chat Support

Use the live chat function on our web-site if you need to quickly speak with one of our customer support team, it's a direct communication channel which does not use artificial intelligence to attempt to dissuade you from talking to us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I send paint by air?
A. Only water-based paints can be sent by air, everything else must be sent by road.

Q. How do I know if my paint is water based?
A. Please read the material safety data sheet (MSDS) that relates to your paint. This can be found on the manufacturer's website.

Q. I am sending paint to Europe, will I need Customs paperwork for this?
A. A commercial invoice is required for anything other than documents being sent outside the United Kingdom. We provide these free of charge. Please be aware that import duties may be payable in the receiving Country.

Q. How do I package paint to send by courier?
A. Please read our comprehensive packing instructions on how to package paint for shipping.

Q. Can I send spray paint?
We can send spray paint within the UK Mainland only (excluding Northern Ireland), in limited quantities via our road service. The maximum that can be sent is 5kg. These cannot travel by air, or any express services. Please select Parcel Force or UPS specialist.

Q. Can I send paint with DHL?
A. Yes you can, but only water based paint. If in doubt, please contact us.

Q. Can paint be shipped internationally?
A. We can only ship water based paint Internationally.

Q. Can I send paint by courier?
A. Yes you can send most paints within the UK, but only water based paints can be sent outside of the UK.