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Moving overseas – what NOT to pack

Moving overseas – what NOT to pack

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What you must not ship abroad

When packing for your move abroad there are certain items that should not be packed into your shipment. Because this shipment is not accompanied by you certain items that need to be declared upon entry to your new country are prohibited from being packed. And other items are just plain forbidden.

  • Some items are banned from importation into other countries.
  • Certain items can be imported as long as you have the correct paperwork.
  • Other items should be carried as hand luggage or checked-in baggage on the plane.

Certain goods wouldn’t survive the long journey through a huge range of temperatures and valuable items such as jewellery and important documents shouldn’t be packed but carried with you on the plane.

Banned, restricted and hazardous items

Basically these ‘must not ship’ items are split into three types; banned, restricted and hazardous. Banned items are… well, banned. Restricted items usually require extra paperwork and have to be personally declared at customs in the destination country. Hazardous items are any items which may be dangerous to life, health or property.

What is prohibited from shipping overseas?

Do not assume this list is full and accurate for the country you are moving to! It’s a guideline and each country has laws that change regularly.

Whilst this list is not exhaustive, these items usually appear on all country’s import laws. All countries prohibit or restrict the importation of certain goods; it’s up to you to take note of your destination country’s import laws and regulations. For further information speak to your removal company.

  • Weapons: guns, swords
  • Aerosols and other pressurised containers: e.g. hairspray, shaving cream, antiperspirant and insect repellent
  • Foodstuffs, including dried and tinned food
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Corrosives: e.g. batteries
  • Explosives: e.g. fireworks, ammunition.
  • Inflammables: e.g. nail varnish, paint, lighter fuel, matches.
  • Drugs or medicines: carry these with you with paperwork from your doctor
  • Animal skins: clothing, shoes or ornaments made from skins, or the by-products of endangered species
  • Vegetable matter: e.g. plants, bulbs, seeds, soil, sand
  • Pornographic material
  • Radioactive substances
  • Poisons: e.g. pesticides, bleach, mercury thermometers,

While I haven’t been able to put links in for all countries of the world (!) these four will give you guidance. Please feel free to add any further official links in the comments below.

Australia: http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4369.asp

UK: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/banned-restricted.htm

USA: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/kbyg/prohibited_restricted.xml

Canada: http://www.beaware.gc.ca/english/toce.shtml

South Africahttp://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Customs-Excise/Travellers/Pages/Prohibited-and-Restricted-goods.aspx

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2 comments

  1. I’ve got one more link for you:

    South Africa – http://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Customs-Excise/Travellers/Pages/Prohibited-and-Restricted-goods.aspx

    Its no surprise that there are so many regulations around shipping fire arms and suchlike that if you’re planning to ship restricted items its *essential* to fully investigate the legalities of such situations.

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