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Nutrition Supplements

Question

Has anyone experienced any issues with getting workout supplements, protein powder, etc. shipped to you from the US or any non-EU stores? Some EU countries (Germany for one) have very strict laws about anything that could be food/medicine that has not been pre approved by their own equivalent of the FDA. I am not concerned about VAT, just whether it can get through.

Answer
CMH Jan 19, 2016 21:24

You could attempt a test purchase on i-herb and see what happens. I've ordered vitamin supplements from them in the past but not protein powder.
http://www.iherb.com/search?sug=protein%20powder&kw=protein%20powder&rank=1

CMH

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CC_R Jan 20, 2016 11:50

Hi Garrett, You can buy protein powder in decathlon and many supplements in health stores or pharmacies. Why are you trying to ship stuff in? That said I have had the odd herbal supplement sent by day Amazon UK. Alternative hop on a train and get them in the UK.

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CC_R Jan 20, 2016 11:51

So sorry don't know about importing from outside EU.

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kasseistamper Jan 20, 2016 12:21

My son uses these things and once had a friend send them from the US. There was no problem with importing them but there was no financial benefit when compared to similar products bought here or online within the EU and, of course, there is no guarantee that a parcel which gets through customs without charge today will get through without charge tomorrow.

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garrett Jan 20, 2016 14:53

Thanks for the info everyone! I am trying to ship in a supplement called Shakeology, my wife loves it, and has had great fitness success with it. It's similar to protein powder, but it's more of a fitness/healthy meal replacement type shake. It's very popular in the US, but they don't ship internationally. I can have someone reship it to me, but still wonder if it will get caught up in Customs. It's all natural, superfood, no ingredients that are regulated. I've heard stories of nothing of the sort making it into Germany, and wonder if Belgium might be similar.

Answer
MeHa Jan 21, 2016 10:54

One of the reasons you cannot purchase products such as 'Shakeology' outside the US is because they have proven down factors.
Such as digestion issues while drinking it. In fact, the FAQ section on the Shakeology page https://faq.beachbody.com/app/answers/list/lob/shake now addresses digestive problems (gas, bloat, constipation, & diarrhoea).
Read more: http://www.bodyrock.tv/posts/shakeology-honest-review/#ixzz3xs4UMTF5

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garrett Jan 22, 2016 13:04

Thanks you for the response. Everyone reacts differently to different products. I would say that beans give me all the side effects that person attributes to Shakeology. Yes, they do not ship directly outside of the US yet, but my interest was in whether it would make it through customs via a friend reshipping it to me from the US.

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