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 load dates.

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

Examples include:

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

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