Professional Local and International Movers

« Back to Blog

Prohibited Dangerous Items

July 25th, 2017 8:40 pm by

Prohibited Dangerous Items

As a matter of public safety, governments at all levels have passed legislation restricting the transportation of dangerous goods. Some commodities may be included in your shipment under controlled conditions, others are prohibited by law. In either case, you must disclose to the Driver every item which poses a hazard and which you intend to include with your shipment.

Carriers such as Van Lines are required by the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act to accept responsibility for the final decision whether any particular item can be safely included in your shipment. If your Driver feels it presents a danger to himself, his personnel, his vehicle or its contents, they law requires him to refuse to ship the item.

In order to prepare you in advance, we have developed the following lists of dangerous household commodities; some may be shipped and some may not. The items that are allowed must be handled according to the instructions listed under Allowable Dangerous items.

For those items which we cannot ship, it will be your responsibility to dispose of them before you move. Your Driver cannot do this for you. Most municipal landfill sites have the facilities to handle dangerous goods. Please do not attempt to handle dangerous goods. Please do not attempt to conceal them within your shipment. This could place the van and its contents in serious danger and invalidate your shipment liability protection.


Gases & Propellants

– gasoline, propane, kerosene, naphtha, lighter fluid

– liquefied petroleum gases of all types

– aerosol cans not classified as personal toiletries

– barbecue tanks, oxygen, helium, acetylene

– butane lighters

– fire extinguishers



– ammunition

– fireworks

– flares

– blasting caps

– industrial explosives

– detonation devices


Flammable Solids

– matches

– solid fuel & BBB starter tablets

– sterno

– hay, straw, wood chips

– oily rags


Yard & Gardening Supplies

– pesticides containing a base of arsenic, strychnine or cyanide

– fertilizers containing ammonium nitrate

– pool chemicals

– chlorine

– wood preservatives



– battery alkaline or acid (except car battery installed in a car being shipped)


Household Chemicals

– bleach & peroxide

– disinfectants

– cleaning fluids such as ammonia, varsol, turpentine

– pesticides, herbicides & fumigants

– oven cleaner, lye or acids

– oil-based paints and thinners

– chemistry sets

– any flammable items