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Knowledge Check: Products You Can't Ship From the US

With MyUS, you can get millions of cool products from the US delivered to your door. However, there are some items we can’t legally ship internationally due to customs law, delivery company or airline restrictions, or bans specific to your country

Some of these prohibited items might surprise you, so be sure to read the list below before you shop to avoid disappointment. Better safe than sorry!

Medications

 Pharmacist inspecting medications

MyUS does not export prescription medications or medical devices of any kind. We also can’t export any type of performance-enhancing drugs, such as prohormones, human growth hormones, or steroids. These drugs can be found in certain dietary supplements used for muscle-building, so be sure to check the ingredients before buying.

While MyUS can export most over-the-counter medications, we can’t ship any non-prescription medications or dietary supplements (including vitamins, minerals, and herbs) that aren’t FDA-approved or that don’t adhere to the FDA labeling guidelines

Food

 an assortment of fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat 

The US is home to some of the world’s most popular candies and snacks, but you might be surprised to find that some goodies can’t be exported. This includes perishable food like fruit, meat, and dairy; frozen food like ready-made dinners; and any food that isn’t FDA-approved or has been issued a Consumer Safety Advisory Warning.

We also can’t export any food from the US that isn’t labeled in English. For example, a snack imported from Mexico that has labels in Spanish can’t be shipped. When browsing websites that ship food, you may want to contact the seller to confirm that the label is in English and that the product is FDA-approved. 

Fuel Lighters

fuel lighters

MyUS does not ship any lighters containing fuel, since it’s a highly flammable substance. However, you may be able to ship an empty lighter that does not contain any fluid inside. Be sure to check your country's restrictions and make sure that the lighter is empty before purchasing.        

Self-Propelled Vehicles

a fleet of vans

A self-propelled vehicle is defined as any vehicle powered by a motor or engine. MyUS does not ship any self-propelled vehicles, with common examples being cars, trucks, and motorcycles. However, you should note that this also means scooters, hoverboards, and e-bikes cannot be shipped. 

Replicas

replica handguns

You might be surprised to learn that even if they’re marketed as toys, replica items such as toy guns or police badges are prohibited from export. Whether real or replica, no firearms, guns, or accessories can be shipped through MyUS. This also includes BB, pellet, airsoft, and paintball guns, parts, and projectiles.

MyUS will not export any product (real or replica) that appears to be related to police, government, or military activity, such as uniforms, IDs, and badges. 

Leathers and Furs

animal furs

Plenty of leather bags and boots are perfectly fine to ship. However, MyUS is prohibited from shipping certain types of animal products due to international export regulations. For example, the skin, fur, or leather of wolves, bears, elephants, rhinos, and certain deer and foxes cannot be exported. The skin or leather of snakes, alligators, crocodiles, stingrays, and other reptiles or amphibians is also banned from export.

Tobacco

hand-rolled cigarettes

While it might not surprise you that cigarettes can’t be shipped from the US, you should be aware that certain shipping partners prohibit all tobacco products from export. This means we can’t ship any kind of tobacco products (including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, vapes, and vaping accessories) for FedEx, DHL, UPS, and USPS carriers.

View the Full List of Prohibited and Restricted Items

Looking for something specific? The above list is not exhaustive of all the items MyUS cannot ship. For the full list of items, please consult the complete MyUS prohibited and restricted items guide.

You can also check out our restricted merchandise FAQs to find answers to your most frequently asked questions about prohibited and restricted items.

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This information contained on this website is only exemplary and is not a substitute for consulting with the export regulations of the United States and the import regulations into the destination country. As stated in the MyUS.com Terms and Conditions, as the importer of record into the destination country, you are responsible for ensuring that any and all items that you export from the United States using the services provided by MyUS.com comply with all laws and regulations of the United States and the destination country. For additional information about US export regulations, please see the links to Export Regulatory Authorities included in our Prohibited & Restricted Item Guide.

We always aim to bring our members the best shopping options available, but some of the products featured in this post may have purchase restrictions. Please visit the merchant's terms of sale, shipping guidelines, and terms and conditions to find more information.

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