I've had what appears to be a definitive answer from Parcelforce. The basics as I read are contract customers only with prior written agreement, I assume in the case of RFD's this can be an open agreement to cover regular shipping. Furthermore, in any event, guns are excluded from compensation;.
Dear Ian Challis
Thank you for your email.
There is a statement advising users of our policy on the Goods excluded from compenstation, Prohibited and restricted goods request screen...
Arms and ammunition
Carriage of firearms between registered firearms dealers
A service for Section 1 and 2 firearms and low-powered airguns (as defined by the Firearms Act 1968, as amended),
imitation firearms, de-activated guns, antique firearms and paintball guns is available to contract customers only, at the
absolute discretion of Parcelforce Worldwide, and is subject to Parcelforce Worldwide providing prior written agreement in
advance. Where Parcelforce Worldwide provide concurrence to sending firearms, it is subject to a number of conditions
• Collections and deliveries of section 1 and 2 firearms will only be accepted where it can be shown to Parcelforce
Worldwide’s satisfaction that both the sender and the recipient are Registered Firearms Dealers.
Section 1 and Section 2 firearms, low-powered airguns, imitation firearms, antique firearms and paintball guns may be
permitted for zone 1 to 1 on express9, 10, AM, 24, 48 services; deliveries to zones 2 and 3 must be on an express48
service and include ‘do not air uplift’ sticker on the parcel.
• Parcelforce Worldwide reserve the right that if any item is item is sent on the incorrect service, or does not include the
correct labelling, or is a prohibited / restricted item then a charge of £20 will be levied in addition to the carriage charge
and returned to the sending customer.
• All firearms must be clearly labelled ‘Strictly addressee only’ and ‘Do not leave with a neighbour’.
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