Puerto Rico Prohibited and Restricted Items

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

FedEx Cross Border has prepared a global list of prohibited and restricted items that apply regardless of a shipment's destination. In addition to these global prohibitions and restrictions, individual countries or territories may impose further prohibitions or restrictions on the importation of certain items.

You can refer to the FedEx Cross Border global lists and the Puerto Rico country-specific list to help determine whether or not your product is prohibited or restricted for shipment.

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Country Specific List for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Import Prohibitions

  • All pipes related to the use of illicit drugs such as smoking pipes used as drug paraphernalia
  • Articles containing dog or cat fur
  • Certain foodstuffs and carpets of Iranian origin (this applies to personal and commercial use)
  • Counterfeit coins, stamps, currency or other monetary securities of any government and any plates, dies or apparatus used to create such counterfeits
  • Hemp products such as cosmetics, clothing, food, etc. that contains tetrahydrocannabinols (THC)
  • Immoral articles (as defined in 19 CFR 12.4) including films, pictures, writings, etc.
  • Kinder Surprise Eggs (Easter Chocolate Eggs with surprise inside)
  • Merchandise from countries under U.S. Sanction or embargo
  • Merchandise produced by convict, forced or indentured labor (as defined in 19 CFR 12.42)
  • Petroleum or petroleum products of Syrian origin
  • Switchblade/Balisong/gravity and ballistic knives
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a Director's Order announcing it will prohibit the import, export and sale of elephant ivory, items made of rhinoceros horn, and other products made from protected species listed in the Endangered Species Act (ESA), with a few exceptions. Under this new order, ESA listed species are prohibited without an ESA permit except for those goods that qualify as an antique. Shipments of African elephant ivory, including antiques imported for commercial use, are prohibited. In order to qualify as antique, the importer, exporter or seller must provide documentation that the goods are 1 year or older; have not been repaired or modified, were legally imported through an antique port, and were wholly made or containing part of an endangered species. FWS also required documented proof of the species identification.
  • White phosphorus matches

Puerto Rico Import Restrictions

  • Importation of prescription drugs by an individual U.S. consumer for personal use is prohibited unless FDA approved. There are exceptions/restrictions: 1. prescription drugs, which are made in the U.S. and then exported, can only be returned to the U.S. manufacturer. 2. Under limited circumstances as defined and allowed by FDA regulations, a small quantity of a prescription drug for personal use might be eligible for import in which case the following minimum information and documentation must be included on the commercial invoice and accompany the shipment: a copy of a valid, written doctor's prescription; complete name, address and phone number of the U.S. licensed treating physician, name and address of the drug manufacturer; form of medicine (tablets, capsules, liquid, etc.); quantity; type of packaging; type of medical condition being treated; if the medication can be purchased in the U.S.; dosage and strength. Effective August 3, 2007 commercial shipments of live pigs, swine meat and by-products from the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) are prohibited and will be refused entry and must be destroyed or exported.
  • Viruses, Serums, Toxins, Anti-Toxins and analogous products
  • Domestic Animal Products and Animal Feeding Material
  • Products derived from Wild Animals, Birds and Insects (furs, eggs, plumage, honey, etc.)
  • Seeds and non-propagating Agricultural Products
  • Non-perishable Foodstuffs (canned goods, etc.)
  • Motor vehicles, Boats and their associated equipment
  • Electronic Products
  • Cultural Property, including Pre-Columbian monumental or architectural sculpture or mural
  • Textiles, Wool and Fur Products
  • Chemical substances (including Fertilizers and Pesticides)
  • Medicine, Medical Devices, Cosmetics
  • Liquors, Alcohol
  • Nuclear/Radioactive Materials
  • Hemp products such as cosmetics, clothing, food, etc. is acceptable if they do not contain tetrahydrocannabinols (THC)
  • Import of Hemp Seeds must be sterilized. Import Permits may be required

Contact the FedEx Cross Border Compliance Team

Please note that these lists are provided as a reference only. For any questions about prohibited and restricted items, email the FedEx Cross Border Compliance team.

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