As most of you know, laws differ from country to country. We carry many products and some may be not fit for import into some countries. Also, several countries have several of our products listed as a prescription only import. We constantly review this list to add any updates available. Major customer locations are listed below; nations with poor credit card fraud protection or randomized Customs enforcement are not on our list of allowed countries for shipping.
While some products may not be illegal in certain countries, sometimes customs will decide they may not be suitable for import. Other times, small amounts may be imported as long as it is for personal use. Most of the time customs will send our products back and give a reason for being denied. We ship a lot of international orders and it has been very rare to have a seizure or package sent back, with previous rates at only about 1-2% of international orders – the rate is now exceeding 5%.
Importing nootropics into Canada
Where previously the shipment of personal use quantities of nootropics to Canada was not a problem, there has recently been a significant increase in issues with Customs clearance. While a very small portion of orders have been seized, others have simply been returned without comment by Customs. Larger order sizes, and orders with piracetam, phenylpiracetam, and phenibut have been notable for problems. Nootropic orders under USD 200 being sent to Canada have fared better in recent months, but the threshold value appears to be continuing its downward trend.
According to the legal status in Canada, most of our nootropic products do not have a DIN which means they are not registered under the FDA. This means you cannot import for resale or distribution. None of our products are scheduled or controlled in Canada and importation of personal use quantities should be allowable.
Importing nootropics into Australia
We ship many orders to Australia, and the vast majority of our orders arrive without any problem. However Australia has some opaque laws for importing nootropics and supplements, and occasionally there are problems.
There is a lot of misinformation floating around on forums and threads that say nootropics are illegal in Australia because they are listed as a poison. Only two nootropics sold by PeakNootropics are listed as scheduled.
Australia has several categories to classify drugs and substances. None of our products are listed as a schedule 8 (illegal). However, some nootropics are listed as schedule 4 which means they should require a prescription to obtain. You can see the full list here.
Here are nootropics sold by Peak Nootropics currently listed on schedule 4 in Australia.
Our other products are not scheduled under Australian law. Both piracetam and adrafinil were being shipped to Australia in personal use quantities with few problems. However, there have been recent problems with the Australia Border Police seizing several shipments of various sizes at the Melbourne port of entry, containing piracetam, adrafinil, and phenylpiracetam. Many countries allow you to import prescription use medication as long as it is for personal use only. Though this is likely the same case with Australia, orders with a product value of more than USD 150 have been attracting more attention lately. At ports of entry other than Melbourne, some larger orders that contain piracetam have recently been seized by the Australia Border Police – as a result large orders containing piracetam will have the piracetam shipped in separate packaging with its own paperwork.
Countries with Few Issues to Date
This list includes France, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore. There are other locations with few problems to date, but also very limited order history.
If your country is on this list, we either do not ship there or there is a high likelihood you may encounter customs problems/delays. It is your due diligence to check this list before ordering.
We have had problems shipping to Argentina and no longer ship here.
Many Austrian orders get seized or returned. Avoid ordering if you are from this country.
We have had problems shipping to Belgium and no longer ship here.
We have had orders with long delays to customers in Brazil. These problems were caused by customs delays. We still ship there, but be aware.
A recent surge in seizures by Customs has required us to closely scrutinize any orders for Chile. It is under review for whether to stop shipments altogether.
We have had several orders seized or returned from Germany. We no longer ship here.
Export of our products to Ireland continues, though guidance from the Irish Medicines Board results in increased risk of seizure at the border.
Italy has had consistent problems. Their customs is very strict and they do not allow the importation of nootropics. We no longer ship here.
Due to a strong spike in fraudulent orders and some inconsistency with Customs enforcement, we no longer ship here.
We have had problems shipping to Morocco and no longer ship here.
Though ironic, several recent seizures at Amsterdam Customs because the products are considered Prohibited Articles due to nature of content. We no longer ship here.
Norway has strict rules regarding the importation of certain nootropics. We no longer ship there.
Spain has strict customes enforcement, with large value orders and expedited orders being a particular problem. It is strongly advised to keep order values under USD 100 in order to reduce the risk of delays and seizure.
Sweden does not allow the import of our products.
The UK has seized several shipments of our products, in addition to inconsistently applying import VAT requirements. We have chosen to stop shipping to the UK.