What can’t I ship internationally? When it comes to international eCommerce, it’s important to know what you can and can’t ship. You can’t always guess what you can and cannot ship to other countries, but certain items are restricted due to customs laws, airline restrictions or your delivery company. Each country also has different restrictions on items they allow, but we’ve got a few big guidelines to help you out.
You can also download our handy guide here.
You cannot ship living things internationally due to environmental concerns. This means no plants, animals, seeds or insects.
This is an area that has some wiggle room, depending on what the item is. An expensive purse is no problem, but diamonds? Those are a no go! Be careful when shipping precious metals and other priceless items. The best way to ship those is to work with a professional.
Dangerous goods are qualified as batteries, waste material, and anything flammable! This category also includes biological specimens.
You can’t ship any firearm, or it’s accessories like holsters, magazines or common self-defense weapons like pepper spray, tasers or stun guns. This doesn’t just include real firearms, it’s extended to BB guns, airsoft guns and swords.
Much like firearms, you cannot ship military equipment like night vision goggles, thermal imaging equipment and replica uniforms.
A big no-no in international shipping is of course illegal substances or addictive substances like alcoholic beverages. Amphetamines, opiods and marijuana related products are also included in this category.
You can ship almost anything else as long as the country you’re shipping to allows. Need more information? Check out the complete prohibited and restricted guide from the USPS here, or download our quick guide here!
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