There are some items you're not able to ship with UPS—no exceptions!

UPS List of Prohibited Items

The items that UPS prohibits includes but isn't limited to:

  • Shipments prohibited by law

  • Bank bills, notes or currency (Other than coin)

  • Common fireworks

  • Hazardous waste or hazardous waste service

  • Human remains, fetal remains, human body parts, human embryos, or components thereof

  • Ivory

  • Marijuana, including marijuana intended for medicinal use

  • Postage stamps

  • Shark fins

  • Tobacco

  • Vape products within, to, or from the U.S

UPS also prohibits:

Goods moving under ATA Carnet and all temporary exports and imports; goods moving under FCR, FCT and CAD (Cash Against Document); shipments with inherent vice, which by their nature are likely to soil, impair or damage persons, merchandise, or equipment; goods, the carriage of which is prohibited by law in the country of origin, transit, or destination (such as ivory); goods which attract excise duty, or which require special facilities, safety precautions or permits.

To learn more about what UPS prohibits, visit the UPS website.

Items Prohibited with UPS on Pirate Ship

Due to our contract with UPS, there are also a number of items that you can't use Pirate Ship to purchase labels for. These are items you technically can send with UPS outside of our contract with them, but doing so on Pirate Ship may get your account restricted 🙈

The items that fall into that category are as follows:

  • Anything on the Hazardous or Dangerous Goods list from UPS, including but not limited to ORMD products

  • Aerosols

  • Beer, wine, and spirits

  • Compressed or Decompressed Oxygen

  • Dry Ice*

  • Guns or firearms of any kind

  • Hemp and CBD products

  • Isopropyl alcohol

  • Perfume

  • Plants

  • Prescription drugs

  • Uranium Ore

If you need to send one of the above items, we recommend creating an account with UPS and contacting them in regards to any special handling your shipment may require 👍

*Shipping Dry Ice with UPS

Dry ice is okay to send with UPS on Pirate Ship only for domestic shipments in the following situations:

  • UPS Ground: there are no regulations, but the package must be under 150 lbs

  • Air shipments (non-medical) can only contain up to 5.5 lbs of dry ice, and packages must be marked with the following info on the outside of the box:

    • The words “Dry Ice” or “Carbon Dioxide, Solid”

    • The weight of the dry ice

    • What is being cooled (ex. Seaweed, Ice Cream, Food)

  • Air shipments (medical) can only contain up to 5.5 lbs of dry ice, and packages must be marked with the following info on the outside of the box:

    • The words “Dry Ice” or “Carbon Dioxide, Solid”

    • A medical statement (for example, “For medical purposes” or “For diagnostic purposes”)

    • The net weight of the dry ice

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