Prohibited and Restricted Items when Sending to the USA

Whether you're sending an American friend a present or shipping for a business, it's important to be aware of what you can and can't send to the USA.

From cat fur to Kinder Eggs, American customs are very strict about what they won't allow into their country and you can find a full list of restricted and prohibited items on the official US Customs and Border Protection website.

The US Customs and Border protection service (CBP) enforces lays for over 40 US government departments and agencies. Their role is to prevent products from entering the US that could damage farming or animal life, cause injury or risk public safety. Pharmaceuticals, some meats (including bush meat), tobacco products, some alcohol like absinthe and even some fruits and vegetables are restricted, so we recommend you check with us prior to shipping if you're in any doubt whether the products your shipping are permitted into the United States.

Here at we have our own list of items which our couriers will not carry. Be sure to check both sources before your delivery, and if you're in any further doubt you can always contact our expert customer services team, or US customs direct.