Can You Send Candy in the Mail?

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Can You Send Candy in the Mail?
M&Ms;, a popular candy (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt)

Candy can be sent through the mail within the United States. However, rules about where else in the world it can be sent vary according to both ingredients and country.

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Within the United States

United States Postal Service Guidelines state that perishable foods that have a long shelf life are permissible to mail. Most candies fall under this description.

Bahrain

As of December 2009, Bahrain's postal restrictions apply for food items (including candy) that contain ingredients or are prepared in a way that is unacceptable according to Islamic food practices.

Rules about Ingredients

As of December 2009, three countries prohibit or restrict the sending of foods (including candy) through their postal systems that contain certain ingredients. Bahrain prohibits food sweetened with ocyclamate, Angola prohibits the mailing of foods containing saccharin, and Great Britain restricts all foods made with preservatives.

Prohibitions and Restrictions

As of December 2009, several countries prohibit or restrict the mailing of all food items (including candy) entirely. Bolivia and Germany both prohibit the mailing of food. Algeria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Ethiopia, the Falkland Islands, Peru, Singapore, Spain, the Ukraine, and New Zealand all have restrictions on what foods can be sent.

Customs

In addition to the restrictions listed above, many countries impose customs fees on certain items. Check with both your post office and the one of the country to which you would like to mail your items to see if any such fees apply.

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