The lowdown on sending parcels to Nepal

front gate of the monastery tengboche
 
The mountainous nation of Nepal sits landlocked between China and India in the heart of South Asia. Known as being home to the highest point on earth - the peak of Mount Everest - it can also claim a further seven of the world's tallest mountains, and thus is a hotspot for hikers and climbers.
 
It's not just Nepal's topography that has its ups and downs, it's been a similar story for country's political past. In the last 70 years alone, the country has seen the introduction of a multi-party parliamentary system, a ten-year Maoist insurgency and the abolition of the monarchy. 
 
In 2008, Nepal was officially declared a republic, and its status as a tourism destination began growing. After being hit by a major earthquake in 2015, the country's economy was severely damaged, but recovery efforts continue and the doors are once again open for visitors.
 
Should you want to send a parcel to Nepal, ipostparcels can certainly help. You'll want to consider the following information before you go ahead, though - it'll help you ensure your items arrive safely at their intended destination.
 

Customs documentation

Nepal, as you might have assumed, is not a member of the European Union (EU). This means the usual EU trade regulations don't apply, so you'll need to fill out and attach the appropriate customs documentation.
 
The form you need will be dictated by the value of your package's contents. If it's worth £270 or more, it'll be form CN23. Anything else should go with CN22 instead. Be sure to complete it clearly, with all requested details.
 

What can't you send to Nepal?

We carry all sorts of items to countries all over the world, but there are a few things we're not allowed to take to each one, and Nepal is no exception. Here, the prohibited list contains many of the things you'd probably expect to see: narcotics, weapons and parts thereof, live animals and radioactive materials are all included.
 
Beyond this, though, there are a few things you probably won't have guessed. You can't, for example, send: jewellery, watches, cutlery or journals. Magnets are also banned, as are collectable coins and feathers.
 
More information can be found on the website of the Nepalese Government's Customs department.
 

Packaging tips

The UK and Nepal are separated by around 4,500 miles of land and sea, so your parcel has one hell of a journey ahead of it. We take every care to handle everything we transport, but it's down to you to ensure your items are packaged up properly.
 
We recommend starting with a box that is slightly bigger than the thing or things that you want to send. This will give you enough space to stuff something soft down the sides for cushioning - bubble wrap and tissue paper are both useful here.
 
Then, tape up the openings so that everything is secure; a couple of layers of thick parcel tape should be more than enough. Finish up by adding the destination address clearly on the front, with 'NEPAL' in capitals on the last line, and attaching the appropriate customs documentation.
 
All of that considered, you're ready to send your parcel!
 

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