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USPS International Shipping Restrictions

April 15th, 2019

Seasoned e-commerce shippers are typically familiar with USPS restrictions for domestic items, but many are unaware of the additional restrictions for international items. Every country has restrictions as to what goods are allowed into their borders. Often times these restrictions are based on cultural or religious beliefs for the local community.  Other times, the restrictions are enacted to protect local industry. In this article, we will look at USPS international shipping restrictions on common goods, as well as some odd prohibitions you might not have thought of.

 

Common Prohibited International Items  

  • Aerosols
  • Air Bags
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Ammunition
  • Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco*
  • Dry Ice (even for refrigeration)
  • Flammable Paint
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Gasoline
  • Nail Polish
  • Perfumes containing alcohol
  • Poison

*Cigars may be shipped internationally unless prohibited by the destination country

 

Odd Prohibited Items from Select Countries

Canada

Wine, pens valued over $5

China

Used clothing

Germany

Playing cards

Ireland

Straw hats

Italy

Clocks, shoes, non-wood toys

Mexico

Jewelry

Norway

Pharmaceutical products of any kind

Peru

Used Tires

Turkey

Cosmetic products

 

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