Before your possessions are packed and loaded, it is important to learn which items cannot be shipped because they are either hazardous, perishable or irreplaceable. Listed below are common “non-allowables” that you will need to consider before your move.
Hazardous Materials

Non-allowables that are flammable, corrosive or explosive.

Acids Fire Extinguisher Nail Polish Remover
Aerosols Fireworks Paint Thinner
Ammonia Gasoline Paints
Ammunition Household Batteries Pesticides
Car Batteries Kerosene Poisons
Charcoal Lamp Oil Pool Chemicals
Charcoal Lighter Fluid Liquid Bleach Propane Tanks
Chemistry Sets Loaded Guns Reloading Supplies
Cleaning Solvents Matches Scuba Tanks
Darkroom Chemicals Motor Oil Sterno
Fertilizer Nail Polish Weed Killer


Food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit. Our movers may agree to transport perishables that are properly packed and require no servicing in transit on shipments moving less than 150 miles and delivered within 24 hours of pickup.

Frozen Food Opened Food Products Plants
Produce Refrigerated Food

You should empty 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. You can read “How To Move House Plants” to learn the safest ways to transport your plants.

Personal or Sentimental Items

This category of non-allowables can create problems should your shipment be delayed or items lost. We suggest that irreplaceable or sentimental items be carried with you instead of being packed with your shipment.

Examples include:

Address Books Computer Discs Pagers
Airline Tickets Financial Documents Personal Video Tapes
Car Keys Insurance Policies Passports
Car Titles IRAs/Deeds/Tax Records Photographs/Photo Albums
Cash Jewelry Professional Files
CDs Keys to House, Drawers, Safes Research Projects
Cell Phones Laptop Computers School Records
Certificates of Deposit Medical & Dental Records Sterling Silver
Checkbooks Medicine Stocks/Bonds