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Moving Non-Allowables

Before your possessions are packed and loaded, it is important to learn which items cannot be shipped because they are either hazardous, perishable or irreplaceable. Listed below are common non-allowable items that you will need to consider before your move.


Items that are flammable, corrosive or explosive.

  • Acids
  • Aerosols
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car Batteries
  • Charcoal
  • Charcoal Lighter Fluid
  • Chemistry Sets
  • Cleaning Solvents
  • Darkroom Chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fireworks
  • Gasoline
  • Household Batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Lamp Oil
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Loaded Guns
  • Matches
  • Motor Oil
  • Nail Polish
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Paint Thinner
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane Tanks
  • Reloading Supplies
  • Scuba Tanks
  • Sterno
  • Weed Killer


Food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit.*

Frozen Food
Opened Food Products
Plants (Read our “How To Move House Plants” section)
Refrigerated Food

* Agents may agree to transport perishables that are properly packed and require no servicing in transit on shipments moving less than 150 miles and delivered within 24 hours of pickup.

Note: You should empty refrigerators and freezers and keep appliance doors open for at least 24 hours in advance of loading. This will allow appliances to dry out and prevent the growth of mold.


This category of non-allowables can create problems should your shipment be delayed or items lost. We suggest that irreplaceable or sentimental items be carried with you instead of being packed with your shipment.

Examples include:

  • Address Books
  • Airline Tickets
  • Car Keys
  • Car Titles
  • Cash
  • CDs
  • Cell Phones
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Checkbooks
  • Computer Discs
  • Financial Documents
  • Insurance Policies
  • IRAs/Deeds/Tax Records
  • Jewelry
  • Keys to furniture, safe, home
  • Laptop Computers
  • Medical & Dental Records
  • Medicine
  • Pagers
  • Personal Video Tapes
  • Photographs/Photo Albums
  • Professional Files
  • Research Projects
  • School Records
  • Sterling Silver
  • Stocks/Bonds