Prohibited items

Prohibited and Limited Items

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It is your responsibility to know what can be shipped to your country.
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Prohibited items cannot be shipped
Restricted items can be shipped but are subject to restrictions
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Please note the following
Please note the following

Laws differ from country to country. The items listed below cannot be shipped or there are restrictions on how and in what quantity they can be shipped. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and restrictions are constantly changing. We do our best to update this page when our suppliers inform us of changes, but it is your responsibility to check that the items you purchase comply with all government and carrier restrictions.

For your convenience, we provide examples in each item category. Simply click or press the icons. Please remember that prohibited items cannot be shipped. Restricted item options are limited by quantity or type of product. These items may require special forms or additional charges. Please direct any questions regarding an item to info@expertshipping.ca, before proceeding with the purchase.

Agriculture

Items grown on farms or in gardens or items used when cultivating soil; planting; raising, and harvesting plants, crops, fruits and vegetables.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Seeds
  • Hay
  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Soil
  • Grain
  • Feed
  • Mowers
  • Tractors

Alcohol

Alcohol, beer and wine is prohibited to ship on all carriers

Examples

  • Alcoholic Beverages - This item may not be shipped to your country

Animals

Animals or parts of animals

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Live Animals
  • Dead Animals
  • Animal Parts
  • Animal Tissue
  • Animal furs
  • Animal skin

Art and Antiquities

Works of art, collectible objects, antiques of high value or considerable age.

Examples

  • Artwork, Collectibles, etc... - Limited to a value no greater than $5,000 USD
  • Figurines - Limited to a value no greater than $5,000 USD
  • Paintings or Sculptures - Limited to a value no greater than $5,000 USD
  • Memorabilia - Limited to a value no greater than $5,000 USD

Biohazards

Biological substances that may contain contagions or other hazardous substances.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Bodily Fluids
  • Cell Cultures
  • Lab Reagents
  • Medical Specimens
  • Tissue Samples
  • Tear gas
  • Human Remains

CBD

Cannabidiol, CBD oil, CBD capsules and other CBD products. A derivative product of the marijuana plant (Cannabis sativa L). Whether or not containing THC.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • CBD oil

Cell Phone

Mobile phones , smartphones, portable telephone that use wireless cellular technology to send and receive phone signals and other data.

Examples

  • Cell Phone - Must be packed in special packaging such as a rigid container. Please place a special request asking for this to be completed. If more than two cell phones, cannot ship via USPS, Priority Parcel, airmail or Aramex.

Chemicals

Raw chemicals but also some adhesives, pastes, sealants, cosmetics like peroxide, precursors for chemical weapons, etc... Refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet from the manufacturer to determine if the product can ship.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Dry Ice
  • Adhesives
  • Sealants
  • Precursors to Chemical Weapons
  • Peroxide
  • Crazy Glue Adhesive
  • Disinfectants

Corrosive

Acids or bases that can react and cause corroding or eating away of a substance. Refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet from the manufacturer to determine if the product is corrosive or not.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Hydrochloric Acid
  • Sulfuric Acid
  • Lye
  • Some Cleaners
  • Cosmetic derma-peel
  • Battery fluid
  • Dyes
  • Iodine

Counterfeit

Items not produced by the original manufacturer in violation of copyright/trademark laws

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Knock-offs
  • Pirated Goods
  • Imitation products

Drug Contraband

Drug-related items restricted or banned by US law

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Narcotics
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Drug Devices
  • CBD
  • Marijuana

E-Juice

Liquid used in e-cigarette devices and vaping devices

Examples

  • E-liquid - If shipping from the US, nicotine content must be 0mg. Prohibited from our Austria warehouse.
  • E-Juice - If shipping from the US, nicotine content must be 0mg. Prohibited from our Austria warehouse.

ECCN Regulated

Items requiring an ECCN (Export Control Classification Number). Items requiring an export license from the Department of Commerce, and dual-use items found on the Commerce Control List (CCL). Often relating to navigation and avionics, computer parts, telecommunication devices, etc...

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Large microprocessors (like those used by satelite companies and space agencies)
  • Aircraft Parts
  • Aerospace Parts

Electric Bikes over 100Wh

A personal transporter, electric scooter, or battery powered bicycle composed of two wheels held in a frame one behind the other, powered by a lithium battery.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Electric Bikes, E-Scooters, etc...

Engines

Internal combustion engines, gas powered engines, like the kind used in a motor vehicle or other machine

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Internal combustion engines

Explosives

Items susceptible to explosion or combustion

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Class 1 Dangerous Goods
  • Flares
  • Gun Powder
  • Matches
  • Fireworks
  • Flashbangs
  • Smoke Grenades
  • Ammunition/cartridges
  • Detonators
  • Fuses
  • Primers
  • Air bag inflators

Fertilizers and Pesticides

Chemical/Organic products designed for use as fertilizer or pesticides. Refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet from the manufacturer to determine if the product can indeed ship.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Fertilizers
  • Fungicides
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticide
  • Rodenticides
  • Sodium Nitrates
  • Ammonium Sulphate
  • Organic Nitrogenous Fertilizers

Firearms

Items related to guns or other devices designed to inflect damage by launching one or more projectiles at a high speed.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Air Guns
  • Ammunition
  • Gunpowder
  • Paintball Guns and Balls
  • Magazines
  • Scopes/Sights
  • Stun Guns
  • Tasers
  • Gun Parts
  • Replica Firearms
  • Firearm related products
  • Gunsmithing Equipment
  • Reloading Devices
  • Imitation Firearms

Flammable / Combustible

Items are capable of being easily ignited and of burning quickly. Refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet from the manufacturer to determine if the product is indeed flammable or combustible.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Fuel
  • Matches
  • Lighters
  • Cellulose Nitrate Film
  • Resins

Gambling

Devices used in gambling or game of chance activities

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Gambling Devices
  • Poker Chips
  • Slot Machines
  • Roulette Wheels
  • Tokens

Hazardous Material & Dangerous Goods

Any item or agent (biological, chemical, radiological, and/or physical), which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment. Any item classed as Dangerous Goods. Refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet from the manufacturer to determine if the product can indeed ship.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Antifreeze
  • Chemical Strippers
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Anything regulated by DOT as hazardous

Hoverboards

A self-balancing scooter (also self-balancing board) is a self-balancing personal transporter consisting of two motorized wheels connected to a pair of articulated pads on which the rider places their feet.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Hoverboards

Human Remains

Bodies and / or ashes

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Ashes

Ivory

A hard creamy-white substance composing the main part of the tusks of an elephant, walrus, or narwhal, often (especially formerly) used to make ornaments and other articles. Tusk, Horns or Teeth from Elephants, Hippopotamus, Sperm Whales, Killer Whales, Narwhals, Wart Hog, and Elk

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Powdered Ivory
  • Jewelry
  • Statues
  • Boxes
  • Raw Ivory

Jewelry

Personal ornaments, such as necklaces, rings, or bracelets, that are typically made from or contain jewels and precious metal.

Examples

  • Jewelry with a value greater than $5,000 US - This item may not be shipped to your country

Lead Acid Batteries

Batteries that utilize lead and acid cores, such as car batteries.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Spillable - Auto Batteries

Liquids

A substance having a consistency like that of water or oil.

Examples

  • All Liquids - May not be shipped via Aramex

Lithium Batteries
(packaged with product)

Lithium Ion, Lithium Polymer and Lithium Metal batteries

Examples

  • Lithium batteries packed with equipment (such as power tools) or more than 2 devices containing a lithium battery (such as laptops and cell phones) - USPS, Airmail and Aramex are not available for this item. Must be less than 100Wh. If packed with equipment, the limit is 2 spare batteries per package. If contained inside the device, max weight of batteries is 5kg. Special packaging is required.

Loose Lithium Batteries

Lithium ion, lithium polymer, lithium metal batteries and lithium power banks not installed in devices are prohibited to ship

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Lithium batteries not packed with equipment
  • Lithium Power Banks
  • Loose or Spare Lithium batteries
  • Lithium Coin Cell Batteries

Loose Precious Stones

Loose polished or unpolished minerals or stones of high value. Usually used in jewelry or ornaments.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Loose Diamonds
  • Loose Gems
  • Loose Rubys
  • Loose Sapphires
  • Loose Emeralds

Means of Payment

Items used as currency or for payment

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Currency
  • Coins
  • Stamps
  • Gold Bullion
  • Money Instruments
  • Cash
  • Credit Cards
  • Gambling Devices
  • Lottery Tickets
  • Checks
  • Tokens
  • Bonds
  • Gift Cards

Medical Devices

Items used for aiding in the diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of medical conditions. Medical/Dental equipment and supplies

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Prescription devices
  • Dental equipment
  • Veterinary equipment

Perishable Food

Food and foodstuffs with a limited shelf life or requiring refrigeration/freezing to avoid spoilage.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Meat
  • Sausage
  • Caviar

Plants

Live Plant: A young tree, vine, shrub, or herb planted or suitable for planting. Dead or Dried Plants.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Flowers
  • Seeds
  • Soil
  • Roots
  • Grass
  • Hay
  • Logs
  • Pine Cones
  • Fungus
  • Raw Wood/Lumber

Poison

A substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Class 6.1 and 6.2 items
  • Nicotine
  • Rat Poison
  • Toxic Materials

Political

Printed, audio or visual material relating to the government or the public affairs of a country.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Books
  • Pamphlets
  • Audio Recordings
  • Video Recordings

Pornography

Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Videos
  • Pictures

Prescription Drugs

A pharmaceutical drug that legally requires a medical prescription from a doctor to be dispensed.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Prescription Drugs
  • Viagra
  • Steroids

Pressurized Canisters

Products packaged in containers using pressurized gas. Refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet from the manufacturer to determine if the product can indeed ship.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Compressed Gas
  • Gas cartridges
  • Helium
  • Propane
  • Car Shock Absorbers

Radioactive Material

Items emitting or relating to the emission of ionizing radiation or particle. Items will be marked with a radioactive placard.

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Radioactive Material
  • Medical isotopes
  • Density gauges

Soil

Soil or soil enhancing products

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Dirt
  • Mud
  • Peat
  • Sand
  • Clay

Stamps

US Postage Stamps. For collectible stamps please see Art and Antiques.

Examples

  • Uncancelled/unused US postage stamps - This item may not be shipped to your country

Tactical Equipment

Military or Law Enforcement equipment and weaponry

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Body Armor
  • Gas Masks
  • Hand Cuffs
  • Lock Pickers
  • Night-Vision/Infrared Goggles
  • Rifle Scopes
  • Military and Law Enforcement Items
  • Thermal Imaging
  • Any item regulated by CBP, ITAR, or the US Departments of Commerce, State or Treasury
  • Kevlar

Tactical Knives

Knives that are intended for use as a weapon

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Butterfly Knives
  • Switchblades
  • Concealable Blades
  • Daggers
  • Push Knives
  • Ballistic Knives
  • Bayonets
  • Stabbing Weapons
  • Bayo Knife

Tobacco and Nicotine Products

Any product prepared from the leaves of the tobacco plant by curing them. Nicotine in any form

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Tobacco
  • Nicotine Products
  • Cigars and Cigarettes
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Tobacco wrapping papers
  • Nicotine Patches
  • Liquid nicotine

Weapons

A weapon, arm, or armament is any device used with intent to inflict damage or harm to living creatures, structures, or systems

Examples of items that cannot be shipped:

  • Crossbows
  • Clubs
  • Pepper Spray
  • Firearms and Firearm Parts
  • Knives and Stabbing Weapons
  • Tasers
  • Crossbows
  • Billy Clubs

Countries banning alcohol
Countries in blue on the map prohibit the import of alcoholic beverages.
Afghanistan
Gambia
Luxembourg
Slovakia
Algeria
Greece
Malta
Slovenia
American Samoa
Greenland
Nepal
Somalia
Bangladesh
Guam
Nigeria
Sweden
Belarus
Iraq
Oman
Turkey
Brunei
Kuwait
Pakistan
U.S.A.
Canada
Latvia
Qatar
Vietnam
Cape Verde
Liberia
Romania
Yemen
Cyprus
Libya
Russia
 
Estonia
Lithuania
Saudi Arabia
 
Afghanistan
Guam
Qatar
Algeria
Iraq
Romania
American Samoa
Kuwait
Russia
Bangladesh
Latvia
Saudi Arabia
Belarus
Liberia
Slovakia
Brunei
Libya
Slovenia
Canada
Lithuania
Somalia
Cape Verde
Luxembourg
Sweden
Cyprus
Malta
Turkey
Estonia
Nepal
U.S.A.
Gambia
Nigeria
Vietnam
Greece
Oman
Yemen
Greenland
Pakistan
 
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