Non-Allowables

Before your possessions are packed and loaded, it is important that you understand which items cannot be shipped because they represent a hazard or are perishable. Listed below are some common non-allowable items that you will need to address prior to your pack and load dates.

Hazardous Materials - items that are flammable, corrosive or explosive.

Examples include:

  • Sterno
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Household Batteries
  • Matches
  • Aerosols
  • Chemistry Sets
  • Kerosene
  • Cleaning Solvents
  • Darkroom Chemicals
  • Gasoline
  • Ammonia
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane/Propane Tanks
  • Nail Polish
  • Motor Oil
  • Fireworks
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Car Batteries
  • Charcoal
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Fertilizer
  • Charcoal Lighter
  • Paints (latex & oil-based)
  • Pesticides
  • Ammunition
  • Paint Thinner
  • Poisons (such as weed killer)
  • Lamp Oils

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

Examples include:

  • Frozen Food
  • Refrigerated Food
  • Produce
  • Plants
  • Open or half-used foods or food without adequate preservation

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

Note: You should empty your 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.

Items of Personal Importance/Sentimental Value - This third category of non-allowables can create problems should your shipment be delayed or items lost. We suggest that irreplaceable items and\or sentimental items be carried with you instead of being packed with your Shipment.

Examples include:

  • Airline Tickets
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Prescription Medicine
  • Car Keys
  • Stocks
  • Computer Discs
  • Cell Phones
  • Bonds
  • Address Books
  • Pagers
  • IRAs
  • Jewelry
  • Laptop Computers
  • Financial Documents
  • Family Photographs
  • Checkbooks
  • Deeds
  • Wedding Albums
  • Cash
  • Car Titles
  • Personal Video Tapes
  • School Records
  • Professional Files
  • VCRs & Stereos
  • Medical & Dental Records
  • Insurance Policies (Life/Auto/Home, etc.)
  • Remote Controls for TVs/VCRs/Stereos
  • Documents Pertaining to Your New Home
  • Keys to Furniture, Safe, Home