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List of Prohibited Items

Prohibited Items

The following articles are prohibited from shipment to all countries served by UPS:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal skins (non-domesticated)
  • Articles of exceptional value (eg, works of art, antiques, precious stones, gold and silver)
  • Dangerous goods/Hazardous materials (following IATA regulations for Express and Expedited, and following ADR regulations for Standard)
  • 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
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Unaccompanied baggage (except via MBE Centres to selected countries)

The following articles are generally prohibited from shipment (except by specific contract). However, they are allowed between the countries listed at ups.com/jewelry (subject to the restrictions applying to all shipments).

  • Unset precious stones and industrial diamonds 
  • Jewelry and watches (other than costume jewelry and costume watches) exceeding USD 500 or local currency equivalent per package¹

¹ Costume jewellery and costume watches: jewellery and watches for which the retail price is lower than USD 150 per item and which do not contain precious metal(s) and/or stone(s).

Also prohibited are: goods moving under ATA Carnet and all temporary exports and imports; goods moving under FCR, FCT and CAD (CashAgainst Document); shipments with inherent vice, which by their nature are likely to soil, impair or damage persons, merchandise or equipment; goods, the carriage of which is prohibited by law in the country of origin,
transit or destination (eg. ivory and ivory products), goods which attract excise duty (eg. spirits) or which require special facilities, safety precautions or permits. Under applicable law, certain goods may be transported only
under prescribed conditions and certain goods are prohibited from transportation by air (eg. liquids in glass containers).

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 or representatives of other government authorities.

We reserve the right to refuse or suspend transportation of any package which does not set out contact details for shipper and receiver and of goods which, 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.

We will not transport any goods which are prohibited by law or regulation of any federal, state or local government in the origin or destination countries or which 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, which in our opinion, soil, paint or otherwise damage other goods or equipment or which 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.

The items we can carry under certain criteria are:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Perishable goods
  • Plants
  • Seeds
  • Tobacco and tobacco products

Not all commodities can be shipped to all countries.

For more information contact your local UPS office.

UPS does not agree to carry any prohibited articles. Without prejudice to any other provision in these terms or the UPS Terms and Conditions of Carriage, if it comes to the attention of UPS that a package contains any prohibited article, you must pay to UPS an additional minimum administration fee of 130 EUR in addition to any other applicable charges. Payment by you of such fee does not in any way limit or exclude your liability to UPS resulting from the breach of the UPS Terms and Conditions of Carriage nor does it mean that UPS accepts any liability, or waives any rights, in respect of such prohibited articles.

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