Prohibited items for international shipping|Rotten cheese|Poison in a bottle|Shipping by plane
Prohibited items for international shipping|Rotten cheese|Poison in a bottle|Shipping by plane
Interstate Movers NYC
July 13, 2018

Prohibited items for international shipping

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Moving is always complicated. From packing to organizing, there always seems to be a huge number of things to take care of. And that number doubles when it comes to international moving. Every country has their set of laws and regulations and so you should be surprised that some of your stuff cannot be carried into other nations. No matter how much you would like them to be. Go give you an aid with packing here is how to deal with prohibited items for international shipping.

Perishable items

The first thing to mention when it comes to prohibited items for international shipping is perishable items. This includes anything that can get spoiled or go rotten if not been taken care of for at least two weeks. So you should forget about packing any food or plants that might get rotten. Reason for this is that there aren't many companies that can offer refrigerated storage. If your things get rotten or spoiled there is a chance that you will sue them for negligence or worse yet, your rotten items can contaminate other storage facilities. Those are some risks that moving companies NYC aren't willing to take, therefore, you should leave perishable items at home. These items include:

  • Hides, skins, and apparel from animals
  • Products containing meat or milk products
  • Live animals (including insects, fruit flies/Drosophila melanogaster and nematodes)
  • Shipments subject to Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
  • Animal hair or wool
Rotten cheese

Milk products can and will easily go badSome prohibited items for international shipping may be prohibited because of the current situation in the country they are coming from. For instance, FedEx won't ship seeds and beans from Egypt to all EU countries because of E.coli bacteria outbreaks in Germany and France. Some of the prohibited commodities are:

  • Beetroot sprouts, radish sprouts
  • Soya bean sprouts
  • Vegetable Seeds
  • Mustard seeds, for sowing
  • Other mustard seeds
  • Other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, whether or not broken

Dangerous chemicals

Again, the risk of transporting dangerous chemicals without having an unfortunate accident is too high. Therefore certain chemicals are on the list of prohibited items for international shipping. You should check with your movers about their capacity for safe transport of dangerous chemicals, but most movers won't transport:

  • Ammonia
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fuels/oils
  • Liquid bleach
  • Nail polish/remover
  • Paint thinners
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Weed killers
Poison in a bottle

Chemicals are prohibited items for international shippingAgain, checking with your movers with their capacity is the smartest thing to do. Some can offer to move certain chemicals since they can be safely transported if properly packed. But it will cost you since that goes into special moving services. Usually, the movers that can offer you this are movers that offer business relocation. But after a certain distance, it is more cost effective to just try and sell your things and by new ones once you move.

Legally prohibited items for international shipping

These items usually include any items that may be hazardous to life, health or property, including those which contravene local or customs regulations. Some of these items are illegal to possess anyway, but just to sure you should not try to ship:

  • Firearms
  • Explosives
  • Indecent or obscene material
  • Absinthe(alcohol)
  • Cuban-made products
  • Expensive cultural artifacts or cultural property
  • Defensive Articles or Items with Military or Proliferation Applications
  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Drugs
  • Game and hunting trophies
  • Gold
  • Haitian animal hide drums
  • Merchandise from embargoed countries
  • Trademarked or copyrighted articles
  • Counterfeit and pirated goods
  • Lottery materials

Before packing always get informed about the legal situation regarding shipping to the country you are visiting. You may be granted special circumstances, but takes legal work and time so you should make sure to study up on the requirements as soon as possible.

Preparations for international shipping and moving

When it comes to long distance moving and shipping there are certain steps you can take to make sure that the things you ship internationally arrive safe and sound to the desired location.

Check your movers

Shipping things internationally are no easy task. You should check your movers before you settle with them on a price and type of transport. Look them up for reviews and impressions from former clients. If possible, try and find local movers as you can more easily contact them and make any last minute changes. There are numerous ways to ship things, either by boat, truck or plane. You should discuss with your movers what method will suit you best both financially and time-wise. The less the move takes the more expensive it is.

Shipping by plane

Shipping by plane is time efficient but very costly

Pack with care

Packing is going to be the safeguard you take in order to help your things stay undamaged during shipping. Be sure to sort, pack and label everything carefully. Place the label on clear and visible spots and write with thick markers. Everything that is fragile should we wrapped in a protective casing and then packed carefully and labeled properly. If the move is very long, you should consider hiring professionals to help you pack. With some sweaters wrapped around your fragile items you are safe for short distance moving, but for long ones, a bit of extra money spent on services can be well worth. If hiring professionals is not an option, get yourself packing supplies in order to get properly packed. Any mistake here will cost you much more than it would in a short distance move.

Get familiar with details of the move

If your movers are good they realize that you are worried about your possessions and would like to calm you with as much information as you need. Inquire about the plan of the move. Where will your stuff go? How long will it take to get to the desired location? Are there any shipping insurances and how much they cost. This is all valuable information which will give you peace of mind when you get into the hustle and bustle of an international move.


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