10 items prohibited in shipping containers

When deciding what to pack and ship to your next address overseas, this list of items prohibited in shipping containers can help you start. It helps to know which items you will need to transport personally and which you won’t even be able to ship. Did you know that international movers Bahrain has many rules and regulations on what items you can put in shipping containers? There are many items you will need to transport personally and we are going to give you a complete guide. We want to make the packing process easier for all our clients. That is why we offer you guidelines on how to pack for the move in the most effective way on our website.

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There are regulations to which flammable items your local moving company isn’t allowed to transport.

Safety always comes first here at Four Winds Bahrain!

In order to keep all your household goods and the moving crew safe during transportation, you should enlist professional shipping services to take care of the logistics of your upcoming move. From flammable materials to household chemicals you will see that plenty of items are prohibited in shipping containers. You probably own a lot of these items that cannot go through Bahrain customs clearance. So, when you start planning your relocation, go through this thorough list put those dangerous items aside. You will need to properly get rid of them or to arrange a different kind of transportation for the ones that are allowed on the plane.

Here are the top 10 items that are prohibited in shipping containers

Flammable items are safe when they have safely stored them in your garage, under the sink or in the workshop. But, they are most commonly forbidden for transportation. But if you try to haul these 10 items that are prohibited in shipping containers, you can face serious charges. These items are mostly hazardous materials that can cause serious damage.

Especially when the temperatures reach highs in the summer. Moreover, there are also regulations for all of these hazmats that any reputable moving company will refuse to transport. Obviously, flammable items are one of them. So, make sure you leave all these forbidden, flammable and combustible items behind.

Here is a full list of the top 10 items prohibited in shipping containers:

  1. Ammonia
  2. Batteries
  3. Bleach
  4. Perishables
  5. Gasoline, kerosene, fireworks and other flammable items
  6. Animals
  7. Matches
  8. Motor oil
  9. Paint and varnish
  10. Propane Tanks
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You should avoid taking frozen food with you since it can lead to a big mess.

But that is not everything

You guessed it, those were the top 10 items prohibited in shipping containers, but anything that even remotely has a similar chemical compound will also be prohibited in shipping containers. That includes compressed gases, poisons, and chemicals. And many of us use different chemicals in our everyday life. But, when it comes to your relocation, although you cannot move them, you can still transport them personally. Furthermore, you can book us for crating and packing! But since many of these goods are items prohibited in shipping containers and not allowed in moving trucks, we suggest you dispose of them. Or at least make sure to pack them safely for transportation.

The list includes the following items:

  1. Aerosol sprays that include spray paint, spray cleaners, and hairspray
  2. Oxygen tanks
  3. Fire extinguishers
  4. Weed killers and other gardening chemicals
  5. Insecticides/pesticides
  6. Cleaning chemicals – includes adhesive removers, carpet and rust cleaners, and bathroom cleaners
  7. Pool chemicals

Perishables are also among the 10 types of items prohibited in shipping containers

Besides the hazmats, like the flammable and chemical items we already mentioned, there are also perishable food items you cannot pack into shipping containers. But, our suggestion here is to avoid transporting them altogether, since perishable food is just a mess waiting to happen in your car. Something can easily get spilled or spoiled, so it is better to leave it behind. This is the list of perishable food items prohibited in shipping containers. Transport them personally or leave them behind:

  • Food in glass jars
  • Food in containers that are easy to crush or prone to leaks should not be in the truck either
  • Fresh food
  • Frozen goods

There are also items that are prohibited in shipping containers but that you can transport personally

As you will read below, there are a lot of household items that can’t go on a shipping container for safety reasons. You will have to make a plan to transport some of them yourself if you can spare the expense. Of course, there are some items you can transport personally because you cannot transport them through a moving company. For example, you cannot put the liquor cabinet in a shipping container. As we said, you are not allowed to transport your pets this way either, but you can, of course, find other ways to move them with you in a more desirable environment that is for safer for them! Other items that are prohibited in shipping containers, but that you could transport personally include:

  • Alcohol
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Guns and ammunition
  • Houseplants
  • Pets

Items not prohibited in shipping containers but are very important and should be traveling with you at all times:

  • Financial/tax/insurance documents
  • Housing documents
  • Personal identification, which includes photo IDs, passports, Social Security cards, etc.
  • Medical records
Always keep your personal documents with you including the papers of your insurance company, identification, and contracts associated with your move.

Final tip: Don’t pack your essentials bag on the shipping container, and use it to carry these items on you:

  • A comfortable change of clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Deodorant
  • Pet food
  • Phone charger
  • Prescription drugs
  • Sheets, blankets, and pillows
  • Small toolkit
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Water bottle
  • Pack your essentials items such as towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc. in the essentials box as well. Keep it near you during the relocation. 

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