USPS Shipping Restrictions: The Full List

A complete list of items both restricted and prohibited by the USPS
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Full list of prohibited and restricted items

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 when1 shipping with USPS. The USPS both prohibits and restricts a number of items. For example, shipping alcohol is completely prohibited. We’ve compiled this full list of items here so you can see them all in one place.

Prohibited Items vs. Restricted Items

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 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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  1. Dan Ledesma

    Can I ship Nike tennis shoes from California to Cozumel Mexico??!

    • Rockwell Sands

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


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