What can and cannot be sent through shipping services to the USA?

Here is a comprehensive list of items prohibited for shipment to the United States, highlighting various restrictions applicable to both national and international deliveries.

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What items are not allowed to be shipped to the USA?

Numerous items are universally restricted by shipping companies and agencies for transport. This guide focuses primarily on international shipments, with particular emphasis on those destined for the United States:

Explosives

All types of explosives are strictly prohibited. This category includes:

  • Fireworks
  • Firecrackers
  • Ammunition
  • Gunpowder
  • Any kind of flares

Compressed gases

The shipment of any type of compressed gas is forbidden. These include:

  • Aerosols of any kind
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Scuba tanks
  • Lighters
  • Portable gas stoves
  • Gas valves

Flammable Liquids

The transportation of any flammable liquid substance is prohibited, including:

  • Gasoline lighters
  • Oil-based paints
  • Adhesives
  • Non-flammable perfumes only
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Lighter fluid

Toxic, Infectious, or Contaminating Substances

These include:

  • Pesticides or insecticides
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Bacteria or viruses
  • Soil samples
  • Mercury compounds

Oxidizing Substances

  • Oxygen-generating chemicals
  • Bleaching powders
  • Peroxides

Firearms

Includes projectiles, ammunition, or any associated firearm elements.

Bladed Weapons

Transport of knives or similar items categorized as weapons is prohibited (including cutters).

Animals

The shipment of animals, both living and dead (including taxidermied), is not allowed.

Currency and Precious Metals

  • Any form of paper currency
  • Metallic coins
  • Precious metals
  • Jewelry
  • Natural treasures

Perishable Marine Supplies

  • Fish
  • Seafood
  • Shrimp
  • Seaweed and similar
  • Mollusks

Drugs

Any alkaloid compound, narcotics, or marijuana is strictly prohibited.

  • Archaeological Artifacts
  • Corrosive Materials
  • Radioactive Materials

It's important to note that beyond the regulations established for international shipping, each country, including the United States, has its own set of prohibitions, rules, and standards. The U.S. has extensive restrictions ranging from dairy products to unprocessed foods and strictly prohibits the entry of food requiring refrigeration.

Considering all these factors is crucial as non-compliance can lead to your shipment being blocked and possibly trigger an investigation into why these items are being sent. For more information about restrictions in other countries, it is recommended to consult the official webpage about Universal Postal Service Standards.

For more information about restrictions in other countries, it is recommended to consult the official webpage about Universal Postal Service Standards.

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