Global Prohibited and Restricted Items

FedEx Cross Border is unable to ship prohibited and non-approved restricted items on behalf of its customers.

The global country or territory specific lists will help you determine whether or not your product is prohibited or restricted for shipment.

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What Are Prohibited Items?

Certain items cannot be received, stored, shipped, imported and/or exported due to regulatory, hazard, safety or other reasons. Transactions involving these commodities are strictly prohibited, regardless of origin or destination.

Please note: Prohibited items are forbidden to be exported from the origin country or territory or imported to the destination country or territory.

What are Restricted Items?

Certain items have regulatory, hazard, safety or other considerations and require approval from Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management and Legal departments prior to handling. Transactions involving these commodities are restricted, regardless of origin or destination.

Please note: Restricted items may require special permits or licenses prior to their sale, export from or import to your specified country or territory.

Global Prohibited and Restricted Items

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FedEx Cross Border Global Prohibited Items

  • All commodities valued over US$20,000 without approval
  • One-of-a-kind/irreplaceable articles such as artwork valued over US$500,000 each
  • Flammables with a flash point of 140 degrees Fahrenheit or less
  • Auto parts with fluids in them
  • Fine art
  • Fine jewelry
  • Furs
  • Pornography/obscene material
  • Precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum in the form of bullion, coins or ingots
  • Watches valued over US$1000
  • Weapons and weapons accessories
  • Bullion and money of every description such as (but without prejudice to the generality of this clause) cash, bank notes, coins, currency notes or currency of any kind
  • Stamps (postage or revenue); vouchers; tokens; tickets of any kind; and credit, debit or cash cards
  • Time-sensitive or critical written materials or documents including, but not limited to, bids and contract proposals
  • Contraband including, but not limited to, illicit drugs and counterfeit goods
  • Livestock, bloodstock and living animals
  • Human remains
  • Division 1.1 Explosives (e.g., mines and nitroglycerine)
  • Division 1.2 Explosives (e.g., rockets and warheads)
  • Division 1.3 Explosives (e.g., smoke signals, projectiles and commercial fireworks)
  • Division 1.5 Explosives (e.g., blasting agents)
  • Division 1.6 Explosives
  • Division 2.3 Toxic Gas
  • Division 6.2 Infectious Substances
  • Class 7 Radioactive Material including White I, Yellow II, Yellow III and fissile material

FedEx Cross Border Global Restricted Items

  • Class 3 Flammable Liquids
  • Division 1.4 Explosives (e.g., airbags, small arms ammunition and model rocket motors)
  • Division 2.2 Non-Flammable, Non-Toxic Gas
  • Division 4.1 Flammable Solids
  • Any transaction involving International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or other commodities subject to import licenses
  • Artwork, archeological artifacts and antiquities
  • Biological agents, etiological agents, and hosts and vectors of human disease
  • Class 8 Corrosives
  • Class 9 Miscellaneous (e.g., self-inflating life rafts, lithium batteries and dry ice)
  • Division 2.1 Flammable Gas
  • Division 4.2 Spontaneously Combustible Flammable Solids
  • Division 4.3 Dangerous When Wet Flammable Solids
  • Division 5.1 Oxidizers
  • Division 5.2 Organic Peroxides
  • Division 6.1 Toxic Substances (solid or liquid)
  • Flowers
  • Fresh foodstuffs
  • Gems, cut or uncut
  • Hazardous materials/dangerous goods and radioactive materials
  • Household goods and personal effects
  • Lithium ion and lithium metal batteries
  • Medical Devices – must verify that the accepting warehouse complies with state requirements/ licensing/permits for distribution of medical devices
  • Microchips, computer chips, microprocessors, central processing units (CPUs) and mobile telephones
  • One-of-a-kind/irreplaceable articles such as artwork valued between US$250,000 and US$500,000 each and other single items valued at US$250,000 and higher
  • Other perishables
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum in the form of scrap, dust, sulfides, residue, industrial preparations such as silver powder and silver termination paste, and jewelry
  • Project cargo
  • Retail tobacco products
  • Tranquilizing guns and ammunition
  • Transportation moves for and on behalf of the U.S. government/Department of Defense contract products or other governmental agencies, wherever located, that require specific licensing in advance of any move

Country and Territory Specific Lists

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Contact the FedEx Cross Border Compliance Team

For any questions about prohibited and restricted items, email the FedEx Cross Border Compliance team.


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