There are certain items that aren’t allowed to be packed or shipped on the moving van. The trailers, especially in the summer months, get extremely hot and as a result, can cause certain combustible items to catch fire.  Bleaches can cause deadly fumes.  Aerosols can explode.

Here’s a list of the items than cannot be shipped on a moving van. Non-allowed items are determined by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and are subject to change frequently.

Unsealed/Perishable Food

  • Opened containers
  • Frozen food
  • Items requiring refrigeration

Combustible Liquids

  • Alcoholic beverages (any single container over one gallon)
  • Alcohols
  • Fluid Cleaners (containing combustible material, like spot cleaners, etc.)
  • Antifreeze Compounds

Corrosive Liquids

  • Acids (muriatic, nitric, etc.)
  • Dyes
  • Battery with Acid
  • Disinfectants
  • Flame retardant compounds
  • Paint
  • Iron/steel rust preventing/removing compounds
  • Paint Remover


  • Ammunition
  • Black Powder
  • Dynamite, plastics, etc.
  • Blasting Caps
  • Explosive Auto Alarms
  • Fireworks
  • Fuse Lighters
  • Igniters
  • Primers
  • Propellants
  • Smokeless Powder
  • Signal Flares
  • Souvenir explosive instruments of war
  • Spear guns having charged heads
  • Toy propellants or smoke devices


  • Acetone
  • Ammonia
  • Adhesives (glues, cements, plastics)
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Cleaning Fluids
  • Compound 3 Weed Killers
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Leather Dressing or Bleach
  • Enamel
  • Oil Stains for Wood
  • Gasoline
  • Paint or Varnish Remover
  • Insecticides
  • Petroleum Products
  • Kerosene
  • Polishes/Shoe Polishes, liquid
  • Lacquer
  • Propane Tanks
  • Shellac
  • Propane or other Gas
  • Stain Removers
  • Turpentine
  • Lighter Fluids
  • Varnish
  • Wood Filler
  • Other regulated material termed combustible, corrosive, or flammable

Gases, Compressed

  • Engine Starting Fluids
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Gases Used in Welding
  • Aerosol Cans (containing a flammable gas, flammable liquid, toxic or corrosive substance)
  • Scuba Diving Tanks: Only those containing not more than 25 pounds per square inch at 70 degrees Fahrenheit may be shipped. Written certification of purging serviced by dive shop or licensed individual – a tag or label must be affixed to the tank certifying service was performed. Completely empty tank, remove the valve, and replace valve with plug designed for it.

Chlorinated Hydrocarbons

(found in decorative lamps)

Power Equipment

Completely drain fuel from engine power driven equipment (motorcycles, mopeds, lawn mowers, boats, snowmobiles, jet skis, etc.) Run until engine stalls.

  • Drain all oil and water.
  • Allow the fuel tank and lines to remain open for 24 hours prior to loading.
  • Disconnect gel-type batteries (they cannot spill) and tape the ends to prevent short circuit (only gel-type batteries are authorized). Batteries containing acid not acceptable.

If you have specific questions on some of these items or other items you’re considering to ship, please point out these items at the time of your estimate or ask your packing crew.