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What are the items that are prohibited by law from being included in my moving shipment?

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Asked by Melissa

November 28, 2012 under Others

I have a lot of things to move, including some stuff in my garage that I need to use for my job like chemicals and other materials that might be considered dangerous. Is there a general outline of items that are prohibited from being included in a moving shipment? What are they?


Answered by Robert Moreschi

November 28, 2012

While some companies may differ in what they may or may not allow being included in a moving shipment, the general rule of thumb to follow for most people is that anything that is illegal or is capable of inflicting harm on the people handling it, is prohibited and cannot be shipped. However, some legal items may also be prohibited too, such as alcohol and chemicals.

Here is a list of the most commonly prohibited items:

  • Firearms (assembled or disassembled)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Weapons (knives, swords, bows, etc.)
  • Controlled substances (drugs)
  • Hazardous materials (explosives, flammable liquids, poisonous substances, combustible materials, infectious substances, hazardous waste, etc.)



The best thing to do, if you have any items in your shipment that are questionable and that you are concerned about, is to call your moving company and inquire directly about whether or not the item is prohibited and what measures you can take to transport the items in question if they are.

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Hope this helps.

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