Nine bizarre international border laws

The world has become a much smaller place, with packages being delivered quickly around the world. But what if the innocent package you are sending someone falls foul of the law? There are many strange and unexpected restrictions on what can pass an international border. Here are a few of them.

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Vendargues’ Clown Costumes

The village of Vendargues has banned the import of clown costumes following a spate of wrongdoers dressing up as clowns and causing havoc. The ban is very stringent during the run-up to Halloween. Other French towns plagued by roguish clowns are also considering a ban. Will we see a time when France issues an outright ban?

Nigerian Restrictions

Nigeria is known for having banned most things from entering its borders as the country attempts to boost its manufacturing. There are many things that you cannot import. Most unusual among them is the wheelbarrow. For those wishing to travel to Nigeria, it is worth knowing that there is a ban on bringing mineral water into the country. The water will be confiscated and you will have to pay a fine.

Chewing in Singapore

Chewing gum is banned in the city state of Singapore. You cannot import it or chew it. Hefty fines are payable by those flouting the ban. That’s something to chew over if you are thinking of travelling or exporting there.

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Eggy Restrictions in the USA

For those couriers in Bracknell hoping to travel to the USA, make sure you don’t bring any Kinder Eggs with you. They are banned by the USA for containing small parts. There’s a whopping fine of up to $2,500 dollars per egg for anyone trying to sneak them into the country. The ban is enforced under federal law.

Something Fishy in Europe

If you are engaging a courier firm such as, please don’t ask them to deliver puffer fish to anywhere in the European Union, including the UK. The highly toxic fish is banned across the EU due to the risk of death if consumed. If you are in USA, however, it is acceptable if a licensed chef is on hand to help.

Nasal Issues in Japan

It’s against the law to bring nasal sprays that contain pseudoephedrine into Japan. You cannot import them, and if you are caught with one, you will be issued with a fine.