Prohibited Items

Non-Allowable & Prohibited Items During Your Move

As you get ready to move, please look over this list of items that are restricted from your shipment. You may be surprised to learn what items are and aren’t allowed. Fast Moving Group created this checklist of items that you are not able to move, items that can be included only with thorough preparation; and items that you may want to transport yourself.

Prohibited Items

The following items CANNOT be included in your shipment*

BATTERIES, ALKALINE & LEAD-ACID (AUTOMOBILE)

Remove alkaline batteries from products like remotes,
radios, toys. Loose batteries, even in original packaging,
are also prohibited from your shipment. However, modern
lithium-ion batteries are acceptable to transport with
preparation.

GAS AND OIL PRODUCTS

Gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, Sterno, lighter fluids, lamp
oils, paints, varnishes, hand sanitizers with isopropyl alcohol,
paint thinner, and “easy-light” type charcoal briquettes.
This also includes gasoline cans and other fuel storage
containers with even a drop of residual fuel.

HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCTS

Items that contain ammonia or bleach and products that
contain harsh chemicals such as oven cleaners are
prohibited.

COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDERS

These include propane cylinders, fire extinguishers, oxygen
tanks and carbon dioxide. For scuba tanks, please see the
next section.

CORROSIVE CHEMICALS OR POISONS

This includes common household items such as drain
cleaners, photography chemicals, chemistry sets, pool
chemicals and flea powder.

WAX CANDLES

Usually this includes candles made of highly flammable
paraffin wax

LAWN AND GARDEN CHEMICALS

This includes pesticides, fertilizer, bug or weed killer.

ILLEGAL ITEMS OR SUBSTANCES

Items prohibited under applicable federal and/or state laws
related to transportation of substances. This includes, but is
not limited to, medications classified as narcotics and drug
paraphernalia.

AEROSOL SPRAY CANS

This includes hairspray, insect repellent and sunscreens,
cooking spray and any other can that may contain propane
or methane as propellants.

AMMUNITION

This includes gunpowder for reloading purposes.

FLAMMABLES AND EXPLOSIVES

This includes matches, lighters, fireworks, road flares,
or other similar items.

LIVE ANIMALS OR PLANTS

Restricted Items

You may choose to include these items in your shipment*

BATTERIES POWERING PERSONAL MOBILITY DEVICES

Wheelchairs or scooters. Gel-filled (also known as marine
batteries) may be included but only after cables are
detached and terminals covered to prevent sparking.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Alcoholic beverages may be transported only in containers
that may be sealed against spilling. The taste of distilled
spirits, beer and wine may be adversely affected if
transported in temperatures typical of container & van
transportation. Please consider requesting climate control.
Note some destination states may require the reporting
and paying of duties on alcoholic beverages imported for
personal use.

CORDLESS POWER TOOLS

Items powered by removeable lithium-ion batteries may be
included so long as the batteries are removed and terminals
covered to prevent sparking. Batteries must be transported
separately (see previous page) to prevent current flowing
through devices during transport.

SEASONAL CONSIDERATIONS

Research the average high and low temperatures
during the season your possessions will be
transported. You may wish to exclude any items
that could be adversely affected by humidity,
heat or cold.

SCUBA TANKS

These may be accepted but only if empty (uncharged) of
compressed gases.

FIREARMS

Firearms may be included in household goods shipments
but must be unloaded, then declared and documented with
make, model, serial number and gauge if applicable.
We cannot transport ammunition. Please see the
preceding section.

CLEAN GASOLINE CANS & OTHER FUEL STORAGE

It is highly recommended not to transport gas cans or other
fuel storage devices unless necessary. They can be taken
only if empty and completely clean with no odor present.

  • Items on this page may be included only after thorough
    preparation and prior written notice to your move coordinator.
    Please be aware that you include these items at your own risk.
    Claims for loss or damage resulting from shipping these items,
    even if prepared properly, may be denied.

Not Recommended

We recommend transporting these items yourself Not Recommended or discussing options with your agent.

SENTIMENTAL ITEMS

Think about your personal items. While the carrier will
reimburse you according to the valuation provision you have
selected, this may not be enough to replace an item with
unique or sentimental value to you that cannot be replaced
if lost or damaged. Examples include:

  • Photo albums
  • Jewelry and precious metals
  • Heirlooms
  • Children’s artwork

UNCOMMON ITEMS & PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT

If you have items you desire to transport that are not
commonly found in households, please contact your
agent to arrange special handling. This includes but is
not limited to:

  • Laboratories
  • Scientific freezers
  • Industrial machinery
  • Combined home and business office moves
  • Items and records relating to businesses run out of
    homes (beyond the ‘work-from-home’ office)

PERSONAL ITEMS

We recommend setting aside personal items in preparation
for your move that may be needed during travel or that you
may want to keep close at hand:

  • Passports
  • Official IDs
  • Prescription Medicines
  • House and car keys
  • Mobile phones
  • Laptops
  • Title documents
  • Professional files
  • Checkbooks
  • Credit cards
  • Financial records
  • Insurance policies
  • School records
  • Eyeglasses or
  • contacts
    Personal records