Prohibited and Restricted Items: FedEx

FedEx has clear rules and restrictions on prohibited and restricted items. This article provides an overview of what products are classified as prohibited and restricted. 

Prohibited: Can't be shipped under any circumstance. 

Restricted: Controlled substances/commodities with requirements and restrictions imposed by FedEx. This doesn't mean they cannot be shipped, however certain markings, packaging, handling, and other rules must be closely followed. 

Note: If you seek clarification on supported product types to be shipped through Easyship, contact the support team.  

International Restrictions

Blow items are controlled commodities and require appropriate packaging, marking, and service selection. When selecting services on Easyship, supported couriers will be displayed based on the category/HS Code of the product you are shipping. 

  • 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

Internationally Prohibited Items

The below items can't be shipped through FedEx under any circumstances. 

  • 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 flashpoint 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, banknotes, 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 includes, but is 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
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