When you ship something from the United States to another country, you must follow both USPS® international shipping regulations and the regulations of the destination country List International Shipping Prohibitions & Restrictions from USA:
- Some items are prohibited (completely forbidden).
- Some are restricted (allowed under certain conditions).
If you’re shipping within the U.S., see Domestic Shipping Prohibitions & Restrictions.
If you’re not allowed to ship an item in the U.S., you’re not allowed to ship it to any other country. (And even if it is allowed domestically, it may not be allowed in another country.)
APO/FPO/DPO shipments to foreign countries are treated like domestic mail, but they are still subject to those foreign countries’ laws.
All USPS customers are responsible for:
- Complying with Postal Service™ regulations and U.S. related laws and regulations.
- Complying with the laws of your destination country.
- Packing your package securely and marking it as required. You can take your package to a Post Office™ location to make sure it is labeled correctly.
If you are mailing packages that contain hazardous materials (HAZMAT), you must separate HAZMAT packages from all other packages and present them in a container marked “HAZMAT.”
These items may not be sent from the United States to any country:
- Air Bags
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Dry Ice
- Hemp-based products (including cannabidiol [CBD])
- Marijuana (medical or otherwise)
- Nail Polish
- Perfumes (containing alcohol)
Restricted items may only be sent out of the United States if they meet USPS domestic requirements and the shipping requirements of the destination country.
USPS Publication 52 – Domestic Restrictions
Requirements by Country & Locality
Glues have a wide range of flashpoints. Most glues are flammable and combustible and may not be mailed internationally. Glues are categorized as “adhesives” in the below resources.
Shipping Flammable & Combustible Liquids
Packaging Instructions for Combustible Liquids
Only lithium cells and batteries that are properly installed in the equipment they are intended to operate may be mailed internationally or to APO/FPO/DPO locations if the destination country and APO/FPO/DPO permit their receipt.
Prohibited Lithium Battery Shipments
- Lithium batteries packed with, but not installed in, equipment
- Lithium batteries sent separately from equipment
- Damaged or recalled batteries
- All pre-owned, damaged, or defective electronic devices containing or packaged with lithium batteries
Shipping Lithium Batteries
Safety matches have treated match heads that will only ignite when struck against a specially prepared surface like a match book, card, or box. Safety matches must be sent via ground transportation and cannot be mailed internationally.
Additional Information on Mailing Safety Matches
Strike-anywhere matches will light from friction against any surface. Strike-anywhere matches may not be mailed domestically.
When sending medicine or drugs through the mail, mailers and shippers must know the characteristics of the items they are sending and treat them correctly. Medicines are controlled substances and are subject to strict regulations. Prescription medications may only be mailed by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registered distributors. Similar regulations apply to some over-the-counter medications.
Shipping Controlled Substances & Drugs
Flammable or combustible paint and paint-related items may not be shipped internationally. Latex Paint or a similar water-based paint product that is not flammable or combustible is not regulated as a hazardous material, and therefore, is not restricted.
Additional Information on Mailing Paint
Perishable items are materials that can deteriorate in the mail, such as live animals, food, and plants. Permissible perishable items are sent at the mailer’s own risk. These items must be specially packaged and mailed so that they arrive before they begin to deteriorate.
Shipping Perishable Materials Guidelines
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