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There are some items that cannot legally be shipped due to customs laws and certain restrictions. These banned items can depend on which country you’re shipping to, but there are regulations that apply globally.


What is a Dangerous Good?

Anything that would be considered hazardous. Substances or articles that can pose a hazard to the health and safety of people or can cause damage to property or the environment.

What are Prohibited or Restricted Goods?

These are items not permitted by national or international law.


Internationally Prohibited Items

  • Aerosols
  • Air Bags
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Ammunition
  • Cigarettes
  • Dry Ice
  • Explosives
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Gasoline
  • Marijuana (medical or otherwise)
  • Nail Polish
  • Perfumes (containing alcohol)
  • Poisons

As well as restricted items, there are also countries on the restricted ship-to countries list.

  • North Korea
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Cuba
  • Iran

There are also countries which are possible to ship to but have the highest restrictions on goods in.

  • India
    High import duty and extensive documentation makes this a trickier country to ship to. The receiver will also be required to complete certain documentation too, otherwise the goods will be returned.

  • China
    Delivery to china is costly as well as a strict and length clearance process. You will be required to pay duties and taxes on all shipments.

  • Libya
    The challenges with shipping to Libya lies mostly with their costly import duties and taxes. This applies to all items. Duty ranges from 1%-20% but tax is 20% on all items.

  • Brazil
    High levels of corruption and import duties, combined with a slow clearance process make Brazil difficult to ship to. You will be required to pay duties and taxes on all shipments.

  • Tanzania
    Similar to Libya, restrictions for shipping to Tanzania are mostly with the import costs.

  • Russia
    Due to strict customers for packages, lack of transparency and a changeable political climate, make Russia a challenging country to ship to.

If you have a challenging item to ship, or something to send internationally to the remote corners of the world, give us a call!

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