Non Allowables

Non Allowables

We as movers and packers, we transport properties / valuables but have policy to certain belongings which we don't transport for obvious reasons, should you need further inquiries into this, you can call to know more about the "non-allowable". As a moving company, we expect that before the commencement / preparation for your relocation you should provide us with the details of the items to move which excludes our Non-allowable listed below. Non-allowable not only includes no-brainers such as ammunition and gasoline, but also seemingly innocuous items like nail polish and kids' chemistry sets. Although not hazardous, but we as a company will also include perishable food and personal or sentimental items.

Hazardous material

You may be surprised to see some of the items listed as hazardous, but there are usually good reasons to have them included. Fertilizer, for example, can become highly explosive under the right circumstances. This was the primary component used by Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 and injured 800 in 1995. Many of these items can be given to friends and family. Unwanted items will have to be disposed of properly. Contact your city or county for where to dispose of these items. Hazardous items are generally those considered explosive, flammable or corrosive. Here's a list of common items that moving companies consider non-allowable:

Non Allowables

Fire extinguisher
Nail polish remover
Paint thinner
Household batteries
Car batteries
Lamp oil
Pool chemicals
lighter fluid
Liquid bleach
Propane tanks
Chemistry sets Loaded guns Reloading supplies Cleaning solvents
SCUBA tanks
Darkroom chemicals
Motor oil
Sterno Fertilizer


With long-distance moving, food items will not be allowed by movers. This is because the food will not keep and could attract rats and other pests that might damage your property. If your move will be picked up and delivered within 24 hours, the moving company may allow perishables to be transported as long as they are properly packed. Perishable items include those listed below.
Frozen food
Refrigerated food
Produce Opened food products
Plants, including indoor

Personal or sentimental items

Professional movers don't like to transport these items because of the inherent risk of loss or damage. Basically, movers want to limit their liability in case these items are lost or damaged. As a consumer, you likely want to have these items under your control anyway. The loss of medical records, financial documents or school records could be difficult to replace. Sensitive electronics, such as laptops, might be damaged by the extreme temperatures in a moving van. Jewelry, cash, collections and personal video tapes or CDs could not be replaced if lost. Here's a look at what moving companies consider personal or sentimental.
Address book
Computer discs
Personal video tapes, DVDs
Airline tickets
Financial documents
Photographs, photo albums
Car keys
Insurance policies
Professional files
Car titles
IRAs, deeds, tax records Research projects
School records
Keys to furn., safe, home
Sterling silver
Cell phones
Laptop computers
Stocks or bonds Certificates of Deposit
Medical, dental records
Wedding albums
Collections (coin, etc.)