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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.

  • Sterno
  • Matches
  • Kerosene
  • Gasoline
  • Propane/Propane Tanks
  • Fireworks
  • Charcoal
  • Charcoal Lighter
  • Ammunition
  • Lamp Oils
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning Solvents
  • Ammonia
  • Nail Polish
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Paints (latex & oil-based)
  • Paint Thinner
  • Household Batteries
  • Chemistry Sets
  • Darkroom Chemicals
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Motor Oil
  • Car Batteries
  • Fertilizer
  • 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 Tickets
  • Car Keys
  • Cell Phones
  • Pagers
  • Laptop Computers
  • Checkbooks
  • Cash
  • School Records
  • Medical & Dental Records
  • Documents Pertaining to Your New Home
  • Jewelry
  • Family Photographs
  • Wedding Albums
  • Personal Video Tapes
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • IRAs
  • Financial Documents
  • Deeds
  • Car Titles
  • Professional Files
  • Insurance Policies(Life/Auto/Home, etc.)
  • Keys to Furniture, Safe, Home
  • Prescription Medicine
  • Computer Discs
  • Address Books
  • VCR’s and Stereos
  • TVs/VCRs/Stereos