USPS Shipping Restrictions: The Full List of Restricted and Prohibited Items

A complete list of items both restricted and prohibited by the USPS
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Full list of prohibited and restricted items
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At some point, you’ll probably end up looking at an item and asking yourself, “Can I ship this?” It’s a fair question, and we’ve all been there. Sometimes the answer is no! Therefore, it’s always good to be aware of the number of shipping restrictions when shipping with USPS. On top of restricting certain items, the Postal Service also prohibits a number of goods. For example, shipping alcohol is completely prohibited. No matter what you’re shipping, we’ve compiled this full list of items so you can see them all in one place.

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Shipping Restrictions vs Prohibited Items: What’s the Difference?

First thing’s first: it’s important to know the difference between prohibited items and restricted items. You are unable to ship prohibited items under any circumstances. However, you are able to ship restricted items…but you’ll need to follow a list of stringent guidelines.

Prohibited Items

These are items you can’t ship with USPS—no exceptions! You’ll notice that all prohibited domestic items are also prohibited to be shipped internationally. However, some items (like aerosols and dry ice) are only prohibited internationally and not domestically.

Prohibited Domestic Items

  • Air bags
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Ammunition
  • Explosives
  • Gasoline
  • Marijuana (medical or otherwise)

Prohibited International Items

  • Aerosols
  • Air Bags
  • Alcoholic Beverages (or items containing any trace of alcohol whatsoever)
  • Ammunition
  • Cigarettes
  • Dry Ice
  • Explosives
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Gasoline
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Marijuana (medical or otherwise)
  • Mouthwash
  • Nail Polish Perfumes (containing alcohol)
  • Poison

Restricted Items

This is a list of items that you can ship under certain circumstances. Each item category has particular guidelines, regulations, and packaging requirements that you’ll need to abide by in order to ship. If you want to learn more, here’s a more comprehensive breakdown of USPS’ restricted items categories.

Restricted Domestic Items

Restricted International Items

  • Cigars
  • Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Medical Devices
  • Medicine or Drugs
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    • Rockwell Sands

      Hi Alvin – it doesn’t look like USPS allows for alkaline batteries to be sent internationally, unfortunately. I just saw this in the Postal Explorer regarding corrosives: “Nonspillable batteries with UN2800 are prohibited in international mail but may be sent as domestic mail via air or surface transportation when prepared within the conditions of Packaging Instruction 8B in Appendix C.” Hope this is helpful!

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    • Rockwell Sands

      Hi Sharon – Yep, this is no problem! I would just wrap the box in some sort of packaging that conceals that it says “Ammo” on it. But other than that, you won’t run into any problems if it’s empty.

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    • Rockwell Sands

      Yes, you can 🙂 There’s nothing stopping you from shipping a pair of shoes to Mexico!


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