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Import Prohibited Articles
Prohibited Items
We do not ship the following items:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal skins (non-domesticated)
  • Articles of exceptional value (e.g. works of art, antiques, precious stones, gold and silver)
  • Dangerous goods/hazardous materials
  • Firearms
  • Furs
  • Ivory and ivory products
  • Live animals
  • Money and negotiable items
  • Perishable goods
  • Personal effects (except via MBE Centres to selected countries)
  • Plants
  • Pornographic materials
  • Seeds
  • Stamps of unusual value
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Unaccompanied baggage


Certain countries have additional items that are either prohibited or have restrictions for shipment. It is the shipper's responsibility to comply with current government regulations or laws applicable in each country. Shippers are also advised to refer to each country's Export Prohibited Articles list.

UPS reserves the right to refuse or suspend transportation of any package which does not provide detailed contact information for shipper and receiver and of goods that, in our opinion, are not practicable for transportation or are not adequately described, classified or packed and labelled in a manner suitable for transportation and accompanied by necessary documentation.

UPS will not transport any goods that are prohibited by law or regulation of any federal, state or local government in the origin or destination countries, or that may breach any applicable export, import or other laws or endanger the safety of our employees, agents and subcontractors or the means of transportation or, that in our opinion, soil, taint or otherwise damage other goods or equipment or that are economically or operationally impractical to transport.

Shipping prohibited articles on a contractual basis with UPS:

Certain items we list as prohibited will be accepted by UPS on a contractual basis for shippers with regular volume and the ability to comply with all applicable regulations.

Not all commodities can be shipped to all countries.

For more information, please contact your local UPS office.


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