Unacceptable Items for Carriage in Express Shipments

Map express service will not ship any item that is prohibited by any law, regulation, state, or local government. Below is a general list of materials that are strictly prohibited.

Summary List

Material classified as dangerous/hazardous
Explosives including fireworks
Firearms and firearm accessories including but not limited to ammunition, dismantled firearms, vision enhancement/zooming equipment, precision and aiming equipment and distance measurement equipment.
Gases aerosol cans, cigarette lighters, camping gas cylinders - full or empty, fire extinguishers, etc.
Flammable liquids and solids paint, alcohol, perfume, matches, petrol, kerosene, cleaning fluids, etc.
Combustible substances: matches, etc.
Toxic, poisonous, and infectious substances: pesticides, infected blood, etc.
Corrosives mercury - including thermometers, bleach, nail polish and remover, nitric acids, battery fluids, etc.
Oxidizing substances: hair dye, disinfectants, fertilizers, etc.
Radioactive substances
Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles like: dry ice, strong magnetized material, etc.


• Fake/dummy/replica/game/toy weapons, paintball guns, BB guns, antique weapons, swords, knives, etc.
• Live or dead animals
• Narcotics
• Tobacco (certain destinations)
• Int’l passports (certain destinations)
• Foodstuff, plants/seeds (certain destinations)
• Medicine Drugs, prescription (certain destinations)
• Hazardous cosmetics and creams
• All Liquids (also oils included in machine parts, etc.)
• Batteries (Lithium, consumer batteries, car-boat-machine batteries)
• Perishable goods
• Indecent and pornographic materials
• Items and substances, the possession or use of which is prohibited by law
• Money, payment cards, money orders, traveler cheques, etc.
• Articles of exceptional value: like jewelry, precious metals and stones, diamonds, works of art, antiques, etc.

Summary List

Prohibited Items

• Live or dead animals
• Prescription drugs
• Illegal narcotic substances
• Firearms (including parts) and Ammunition
• Fake/dummy/game/toy weapons, paint ball guns, BB guns, antique weapons, swords, knives, etc
• Items that could be used as weapons (these include but are not limited to decorative swords, kitchen knives etc.)
• Human remains (including ashes)
• Furs and skins (untreated)
• Indecent goods & pornography
• Any noxious substance
• Plants/Seeds
• Any unsolicited indecent item
• Foodstuff
• Perishable goods
• Any inadequately packaged item

Valuable Items

• Bullion
• Cash or currency
• Payment cards, traveler cheques, etc.
• Jewelry
• Precious metals & stones
• Works of Art
• Antiques
• Items of a fragile nature
• Packages that are wet, leaking or emit any odor of any kind

Dangerous Goods
All items, irrespective of packaging, listed in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations are not to be sent by courier. These include:

• Acid
• Adhesive products (containing flammable liquid)
• Aerosol cans (e.g. Hair spray)
• Alarm devices (gas or battery powered)
• Alcohol (more than 5 liters)
• Alcohol (more than 70% by volume)
• Alkaline
• Aluminum powder
• Ammonial products
• Ammunition
• Anti-freeze
• Appliances (containing batteries)
• Asbestos
• Batteries (contained in any appliance)
• Batteries (made from lithium)
• Batteries (car or wet cell)
• Battery fluid
• Blasting caps
• Bleach
• Brake fluid
• Bullets
• Butane
• Camphor
• Caps for starting guns
• Caps for toy guns
• Caustic soda
• Charcoal
• Chemicals
• Chlorates
• Chlorine
• Christmas crackers
• Cigarette lighters
• Corrosives (e.g. nail polish)
• Deodorant (aerosols)
• Disinfectants
• Drugs (unless in prescription quantities)
• Dyes
• Explosives
• Electronic items (containing batteries)
• Essential oils (e.g. Eucalyptus, tea tree)
• Fertilizers
• Fire extinguishers
• Fire lighters
• Firearms
• Fireworks (e.g. Skyrockets, sparklers, crackers)
• Flammable liquids and flammable solids (e.g. perfume)
• Flares
• Flint lighters
• Gas (e.g. Propane, butane, hydrogen, helium)
• Gas cylinders (e.g. Camping gas cylinders – full or empty)
• Glue (e.g. Flammable, quick drying)
• Grenades
• Hair coloring/bleaches
• Hairspray (aerosol)

• Highly magnetic, polymerizable goods
• Igniters
• Insecticides
• Kerosene
• Laundry detergents
• Lighter fluid
• Liquid nitrogen
• Lithium batteries
• Magnetic material
• Magnets
• Matches
• Mercury
• Mobile phones (unless battery separately wrapped)
• Motor fuels
• Nail polish
• Nail polish remover
• Narcotics
• Oven cleaners (which include caustic soda)
• Oxidizing substances and organic peroxides (e.g. hair dye)
• Oxygen cylinders
• Paint (oil based)
• Party poppers
• Perfume
• Perfumery products
• Peroxides
• Petrol
• Phosphorus
• Plastic solvent
• Poisons (e.g. Cyanide, lead, arsenic)
• Propane
• Radioactive materials
• Shock absorbers (gas or compressed air)
• Signals, distress
• Signals, smoke
• Sodium
• Solvents
• Sparklers
• Sulphuric acid
• Swimming pool chemicals
• Tea tree oil
• Textile dyes
• Theatrical flares
• Thermometers (mercury)
• Toner (e.g. Photocopier)
• Toxic (poisonous) and infectious substances.
• Toy caps
• Toys (containing batteries)
• Turpentine
• Varnish (e.g. Removers, thinners)
• Weed killers
• Zinc powder