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Restricted and Prohibited Items
The following items may be shipped to countries outside the United States, where service is allowed, on a contractual basis only:

  • Alcoholic beverages*
  • Animal Products, non-domesticated (e.g. mother of pearl inlay, snakeskin watchband)
  • Articles of Unusual Value
  • Biological Substances, Category B and Exempt Human or Animal Specimens
  • Dangerous goods
  • Electronic Cigarettes
  • Firearms and Weapons
  • Furs
  • Gold or Other Precious Metals
  • Live Animals (e.g. fish, insects, and reptiles)
  • Jewelry
  • Perishables
  • Personal effects
  • Plants
  • Seeds
  • Tobacco

The following items may be shipped by UPS but are restricted to specific quantities, size and/or value:

  • Dangerous Goods
  • Magnets

Service is limited and is subject to certain restrictions. Contact your UPS international account executive or call the UPS International Customer Service Center for further details.

The following articles are not accepted for transportation by UPS to countries outside the United States:

  • Ammunition
  • Bank Bills, notes or currency (other than coin)
  • Corpses, cremated or disinterred remains
  • Fireworks
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Industrial Diamonds
  • Ivory
  • Letters of Credit Shipments
  • Loose Precious Stones
  • Marijuana, including marijuana intended for medicinal use
  • Pornographic Materials
  • Postage Stamps

It is the shipper´s responsibility to comply with current government regulations or laws applicable in each country. Shipments are subject to inspection and possible delay by customs officials or representatives of other government agencies. Certain countries have additional prohibited articles. For additional information, call the UPS International Customer Service Center.

*Alcoholic beverage shipments are accepted for transportation only on a contractual basis. Please contact your UPS international account executive.

**Personal effects are permitted only to France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the U.S. Virgin Islands provided they are shipped through The UPS Store® or by a shipper with an International Special Commodity contract.

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