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Flammable, corrosive or explosive – Do not pack any of these.

Before you start packing 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. Anything that might break open and leak is not something you want to clean up when you are un packing. Watch out for old containers that are brittle from age. If you have questions about what cannot be included, simply contact your Moving Company for information. Some items may be allowed only with specific packaging and labeling.

Aerosol Cans
Poison or Insecticides
Lighter Fluid
Fuel – Gas or Gasoline
Motor Oils
Weed Poisons – Herbicides
Pool Chemicals
Liquid Bleach
Lamp Oils
Drain Cleaners
Signal Flares
Chemistry Sets
Car Batteries
Rubbing Alcohol
Fire Extinguishers
Paint Removers
Cleaning Solvents
Household Batteries
Varnish Removers
Film Cleaner
Liquid Darkroom Chemicals
Automobile Airbags
Charcoal Lighter Fluids
Anti-Freeze Compounds
Charged Scuba Diving Tanks
Nail Polish & Removers (Acetone)
Paints (latex & oil-based)
Sterno – Cooking Fuels
Propane / Propane Tanks
Glues / Spray Adhesives
Mercury Thermometers
White Gas / Camping Fuel
Paint Thinner & Turpentine
Varnish or Polyurathane
Flea collars / Flea Sprays
Any type of Loaded Weapons
Any item known to be Toxic
Any item known to be Infectious
Any item known to be Radioactive
Any container used to hold any class of fuel or oil.

Power equipment with fuel is considered flammable, but once emptied properly, is safe to move. Motorcycles, lawn mowers and any other item with a gas tank must be drained of fuel at least 24 hours before loading. We suggest you may want to wrap equipment with poly film or bubble for protection.

When disposing of corrosive materials, try to use it up first, or give to someone. You can always take it to a household hazardous waste collection program in your city for proper disposal. Check with your local dump or public works.


Flowers and Plants.

Plants do not take well to traveling. Consider giving your plants to a charity or friends if you are moving from one state to another. Some state laws prohibit the moving of houseplants. Other items, such as alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, liquor), are not considered hazardous but might be prohibited and boxes displaying such markings are also prohibited. If you are not sure about something ask your shippers rep when they show up to do your personal inventory.

Perishables – Food and Plants
Living things that may die or spoil in transit

Frozen Food
Refrigerated Food
Open Food – Bags or Cans
Pets – Turtles – Ant Farms

Food is better left behind. You cannot transport food or perishables via moving carrier. However 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. In that situation we suggest using insulated shipping boxes and freezer gel packs for perishables. There are some gel packs called Refreezer Brix and they stay refrigerator cold for up to 14 days in an insulated container.


Links – Hazardous Materials

PHMSA – U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous
Materials Safety Administration


IATA – International Air Transport Association


UPS – United Parcel Service Hazardous Material Links

Hazardous Materials Support Center: 1-800-554-9964

UPS Guide for Transporting Hazardous Materials

UPS- Coolants and Refrigerants (Dry Ice)

UPS Guide to Shipping International Dangerous Goods

Shipping Batteries or Devices with Batteries

Packing Irregularly Shaped Items

Fed-Ex – Hazardous Material Links

FedEx Ground accepts certain classes and divisions of hazardous materials for transport. Before you ship, please refer to the following links to ensure your packages contain accepted hazardous materials and are identified correctly.

Shipping Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Materials With FedEx®

Shipping dangerous goods via FedEx Express

Fed Ex Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Materials

Service Guide – Shipping Hazardous Materials at Fed Ex

Other sources of information on Hazardous Materials

If you are unsure whether a material is considered hazardous or is prohibited, please contact 1-800-ASK-USPS or your local Business Mail Entry Unit.

How to Comply with Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations

Atlas® cannot move hazardous materials.

Moving Chemicals & Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Waste Transportation

Hazardous Materials Transportation Act

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