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Restricted and Prohibited Items

The following items may be shipped into the United States 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.

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The following articles are prohibited by UPS:

  • 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.

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