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Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to The United States.

Because burlap or jute bagging may harbor the Khapra Beetle, such articles are regulated when arriving from countries where this pest is endemic.

If the burlap or jute is arriving from, transited, or originated in:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey

    then the shipment will require a WRITTEN PERMIT and T306-c-1 or T306-c-2 (as per 7 CFR 319.75).

    • The Receiver must be licensed and authorized to receive the alcoholic beverages (beer & wine).
    • US does not support international shipments of spirits / liquor.
    • UPS does not accept packages containing beer, wine or spirits for delivery to a consumer.
    • It is the responsibility of the Shipper to ensure that a Package tendered to UPS does not violate any federal, state, or local laws or regulations applicable to the Package.
    In all cases, batteries must be shipped with positive short-circuit protection, such as insulating caps on the terminals.

    Lead-acid batteries

    • UPS Small Package service does not handle spillable lead-acid batteries. The only lead-acid batteries handled within the UPS Small Package service are the non-spillable variety:
      • Regulated non-spillable batteries, which must be shipped as dangerous goods, "Batteries wet, non-spillable, 8, UN2800." In our small package service, we accept these batteries only from contract dangerous goods customers and only within our International Dangerous Goods service. The territory for IDG service includes the countries shown at this link:
      • Exempt non-spillable batteries, which must be capable of complying with Special Provision A67 in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. The Special Provision states that non-spillable batteries are not regulated at all IF they meet the following conditions:
        • At a temperature of 55 degrees C (131 degrees F), the electrolyte will not flow from a ruptured case.
        • The battery must not contain any free or unabsorbed liquid.
        • The terminals must be protected against short circuit or, if installed in a device, the device must not be capable of accidental activation.

    Lithium and lithium ion batteries

    • Both rechargeable & non-rechargeable power sources, common in computers, cell phones, cameras & other small electronic devices. If dropped, crushed or short-circuited, these batteries can release dangerous amounts of heat & may ignite, & are dangerous in fires.
    • Special regulations apply to shipping these batteries.Shipments requiring hazardous materials shipping papers are accepted from contract hazmat shippers only & certain lithium batteries may not qualify for UPS service.

    Dry cell batteries

    • These batteries are not subject to the Dangerous Goods Regulations, provided they are positively protected against short circuit, such as being contained in a retail blister pack to prevent contact with the terminals, or singly packaging each battery in a small plastic bag, or taping the terminals, etc.
    Personal shipments of wine, beer and alcohol are strictly prohibited within the UPS system.
    Electronic cigarettes and the flavor for the electronic cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

    Please refer to the US FDA website for additional information on E-Cigarettes and Products-

    Certain HID conversion kits of vehicle headlights and taillights are prohibited from importation into the U.S.

    If the headlamps are capable of being installed and used in motor vehicles subject to the Federal Motor Vehicle Standards (i.e., "conventional 'on-road' or 'off-road' vehicles), they must comply with Standard No.108 in order to be imported. More information regarding the requirements described in Standard No.108 can be found in the Federal Regulation 49CFR571.108.

    Also, more information can be found on the website for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration at

    (1,000 milli watts or greater) Imported laser pointes may not emit a Class lll b or class IV visible beam. Pointers are limited to Class llla or below (class lla, ll, or l ). The upper power limit for Class lll a is 5 millliwatts (mW), the legal limit (21 CFR 1040.11(b)
    Kinder Chocolate Eggs are banned for sale and import into the United States. The toy hidden in the Kinder Egg poses a choking and aspiration hazard in children under the age of three. The Kinder Eggs are hollow milk chocolate eggs about the size of a large hen's egg packaged in a colorful foil paper. The toy within the egg is contained in an oval-shaped plastic capsule. The toy requires assembly and each egg contains a different toy.

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that the product failed to meet small parts requirements with respect to children less than three years of age.

    United States Customs & Border Protection prohibits the importation of any lottery ticket and has the right to destroy material, including printed material, for use in a lottery.
    You may not import negotiable bonds or drafts.
    Customers must use an authorized UPS Store, UPS Customer Center or an ISC approved shipper to ship personal effects. The UPS Store,UPS Customer Center and ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "ISC-Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

    Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description. Note: Personal effects include Items that an individual has owned prior to a foreign travel/trip.

    The description on the invoice should include the purchase date (month/year). For properly declared personal effects, no duties or taxes will be assessed by the U.S. government, but a Brokerage surcharge may apply.

    Personal effects shipments may experience a delay for additional Customs processing.

    Prohibited articles listed in the UPS service guide cannot be accepted as personal effects.

    To import personal effects, including unaccompanied baggage, the shipper will need to complete a Customs Form 3299. This form can be obtained at In addition to the Customs Form 3299, certain additional information and documentation may be required to accompany the shipment depending on the importing scenario:

    • Entering the US for Vacation: Photocopy of Passport or Birth Certificate with document identification numbers annotated on the CF3299.
    • Working temporarily in the US: A work VISA number annotated on the CF3299 along with a photocopy of the VISA and stamped I-94 Arrival Form.
    • Studying in the US: A student VISA number annotated on the CF3299 along with a photocopy of the VISA and stamped I-94 Arrival Form.
    • Immigrating to the US: Photocopy of the Green Card, Alien Card, stamped I-94 and the current passport number must be provided.
    • US Citizen Returning: Passport number, VISA, or Birth Certificate must be provided along with a photocopy of the document. All IDs must be issued by the US Government.

    Personal Effects items normally should not be shipped to the US prior to admittance of the sender. Shipments received before the sender enters the country may be denied entry by Customs and returned by UPS.

    Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

    Imports from Iran Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prohibits the direct or indirect importation into the U.S. any article that is the product of Islamic Republic of Iran.

    U.S. persons and companies that currently import food and carpets from Iran should be aware of the guidance issued July 1, 2010, by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) concerning a change in U.S. law made by the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 ("CISADA"). OFAC's Iranian Transactions Regulations currently contain a general license authorizing the importation into the U.S. of foodstuffs from Iran that are classified under chapters 2-23 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) (such as pistachios and non-beluga caviar (which is prohibited by other aspects of law).

    In addition, the importation of carpets and other textile floor coverings of Iranian origin that are classified under chapter 57 or heading 9706.00.0060 of the HTS are also authorized.

    However, due to the additional Iran sanctions recently passed by Congress, OFAC will soon issue a regulation amending the Iranian Transaction Regulations to eliminate the general license and such imports will be no longer permitted starting on September 29, 2010. OFAC has also indicated that any authorized Iranian products must be imported by September 28, 2010 and it will not issue any specific licenses authorizing any imports after that date. As a result, importers must move quickly to ensure that any pending orders are entered for consumption by their customs brokers by September 28, 2010.

    Shipments of seeds may require a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Permit or Phytosanitary Certificate. Inspection by the USDA is required.
    Note: It is the shippers responsibility to comply with government regulations or laws in each country. Shipments are subject to inspection and possible delays.

    If a customer would like to import a sword for recreational use or as a collector, they must be approved by the International Special Commodities (ISC) prior to shipping the sword.

    NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country of origin.
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