FedEx Shipping Restrictions and Prohibited Items

FedEx Shipping Restrictions and Prohibited Items

FedEx is a popular option to send and receive parcels across locations both domestically and internationally. If you are looking for options to send items cross-borders, then FedEx does it efficiently within a specific time frame. Hence FedEx is best suited for time-sensitive deliveries. However, it is important to learn about FedEx shipping restrictions and prohibited items before you are shipping with FedEx.

It is important to stay mindful of the FedEx restrictions and ensure that you follow the guidelines mentioned by FedEx. It will assure that your account is well regarded and your packages will be shipped to the final destination without any complications.

FedEx Shipping Restrictions

Even if an item falls under the category of restricted items in FedEx, it doesn’t mean it cannot be shipped. For FedEx to accept a certain item for shipping, you need to have a contract to ship a regular volume and also be able to adhere to the regulations directed by FedEx. The next important thing is about dangerous materials, which are items that contain hazardous materials that need to be shipped under certain stipulated conditions.

FedEx Restricted Items

Here are some of the items that are marked as restricted as per FedEx rules and regulations:

  • Any items that involve International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or items subject to import licenses.
  • Antiquities, artwork, and archaeological artifacts.
  • Biological agents, hosts, and vectors of human diseases, etiological agents, etc.
  • Class 9 Miscellaneous, which includes items like dry ice, lithium batteries, etc.
  • Fresh food and flowers.
  • Cut or uncut diamonds.
  • Hazardous materials, dangerous goods as per FedEx, and radioactive goods.
  • Lithium metal and ion batteries.
  • Medical devices.
  • Microprocessors, microchips, mobile telephones, CPU (Central Processing Units), and computer chips.
  • Special one-of-a-kind artworks, which are irreplaceable and valued between US$250,000 and US$500,000 each, and other single items valued at US$250,000 and higher.
  • Pharmaceuticals.
  • Perishables.
  • Precious metals like gold, platinum, silver, etc.
  • Project cargo
  • Tobacco products.
  • Ammunition and Tranquilizing guns.

For more data visit FedEx’s Global Prohibited and Restricted Items page.

FedEx Size Restrictions

FedEx imposes certain restrictions in terms of the size and dimensions of items that are being shipped.

Service Max Length Combined Length & Girth Max Weight
FedEx Ground 108″(274 cm) 165″ (419 cm) 150 lbs (68 kg)
FedEx 2-Day 119″ (302 cm) 165″ (419 cm) 150 lbs (68 kg)
FedEx 2-Day AM 119″ (302 cm) 165″ (419 cm) 150 lbs (68 kg)
FedEx Express Saver 119″ (302 cm) 165″ (419 cm) 150 lbs (68 kg)
Standard Overnight 119″ (302 cm) 165″ (419 cm) 150 lbs (68 kg)
First Overnight 119″ (302 cm) 165″ (419 cm) 150 lbs (68 kg)
Priority Overnight 119″ (302 cm) 165″ (419 cm) 150 lbs (68 kg)
International Economy 108″ (274 cm) 130″ (330 cm) 150 lbs (68 kg)
International First* 108″ (274 cm) 130″ (330 cm) 150 lbs (68 kg)
International Priority 108″ (274 cm) 130″ (330 cm) 150 lbs (68 kg)


International FedEx Shipping Restrictions

FedEx imposes certain restrictions on shipping based on the region. In the case of international shipping, you can find FedEx’s Country and Territory Specific Lists, which is a great tool to help you discover items that are restricted in certain countries. You can choose the country and look for the rules and regulations for each country as per FedEx shipping rules.

It is always advisable to follow these rules very strictly.

FedEx Prohibited Items

When they say prohibited items, it means they are not allowed to be shipped by FedEx. If the items contain any prohibited items then FedEx will automatically decline the service. If you are hiding the contents or misleading FedEx regarding the same, then your account will be suspended or closed.

Here are some of the items that are prohibited by FedEx:

  • Anything valued over $20,000 without approval.
  • Any artwork or irreplaceable items valued over $500,000 each
  • Flammables with a flashpoint of 140 degrees Fahrenheit or less.
  • Any kind of auto parts with fluid in them.
  • Fine art and jewelry.
  • Furs
  • Pornography/obscene material
  • Precious metals such as silver, gold, and platinum.
  • Watches that are valued over $1000
  • Weapons or accessories for weapons.
  • Money (cash, coins, currency, banknotes, etc) and bullion.
  • Credit cards, debit cards, tickets, vouchers, tokens, stamps, etc.
  • Time-sensitive or written material or documents.
  • Contraband goods that do limit illicit drugs, counterfeit goods, etc.
  • Living animals, livestock, and bloodstock.

To find the complete list of prohibited items by FedEx visit FedEx’s Global Prohibited and Restricted Items page.

FedEx Prohibited Items – Domestic

In the case of domestic shipping, the prohibited items that are listed by FedEx may vary with the country from which they are shipping and the country to which they are shipping to. While shipping domestically, certain items are not allowed to be shipped. For example, no live animals or firearms are allowed to be shipped via FedEx, it is a no-go.

Some of the items that are prohibited by FedEx include:

  • Live animals.
  • Cash or currency.
  • Animal carcasses (excluding meat and poultry subjected for human consumption).
  • Any shipment that requires a special license for transportation from the Federal, state, and local government.
  • Any shipment that causes delay or damage to personnel, equipment, or shipment.
  • Objects that resemble bombs, grenades, or explosives, fire stocks, or rapid-fire triggers.
  • Firearms not containing serial numbers or guns.
  • Any weapon or firearm manufactured using a 3-D printing machine.
  • Gambling devices or lottery machines prohibited by law.
  • Any hazardous waste.
  • Live insects.
  • Any package that is wet or emits any kind of odor.
  • Counterfeit goods.
  • Tobacco or tobacco products but not limited to cigars, cigarettes, hookah, smokeless tobacco, and shisha.
  • Marijuana, which is defined by US federal law (21 U.S.C. 802(16)), which includes marijuana intended for recreational or medicinal use and cannabidiol (“CBD”); any product that contains any amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), except that is set out in 21 CFR 1308.35; and synthetic cannabinoids.
  • Hemp oil, hemp plants, CBD derived from hemp plants, etc.
  • Any items that are unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are considered as a drug under the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration but not limited to Salvia Divinorum and Kratom.
  • Waste or any kind of garbage disposal.

FedEx Prohibited Items – International

FedEx prohibits shipping any kind of items that are mentioned as prohibited. The restrictions vary with the country, hence you need to find out what each country restricts before shipping. More than restriction it is mostly the essential documents that you need to provide to dart through the customs clearance process for each country. In certain countries you need to ensure that you are sending the requisite customs documents without fail, else they will be stuck at the customs.

Find out about FedEx prohibited items from the Country and Territory Specific Lists tool.

How to include FedEx services in your WooCommerce store?

If you want to include FedEx services in your WooCommerce store, then you can make use of the ELEX EasyPost (FedEx, UPS, Canada Post & USPS) Shipping & Label Printing Plugin for WooCommerce.

The plugin has several features, which you can get to know from the product page.

Using the plugin, you can clearly segregate the products on your store based on prohibited and restricted items and then make necessary changes to ensure that you are not deviating from any shipping guidelines by FedEx when you are shipping these perishable items.

For example, you can ship items that require dry ice by mentioning in the product detail that the items require dry ice for shipping as shown in the image below:

FedEx Shipping Restrictions and Prohibited Items

Similarly, you can also add the HS Tariff number, UN number, or any shipping restrictions that you want to include in your shipments on the WooCommerce product page. The plugin will work accordingly while a customer places an order in your store for the corresponding product. The same applies to the shipping labels too. If you are shipping any items that require specific mention on the shipping label, the plugin does help you print labels as per the FedEx guidelines.

FedEx Shipping Restrictions and Prohibited Items

You can learn more about the plugin from the product page.

Understand the FedEX Shipping Restrictions and Prohibited items before your ship

In this article, we have looked into the list of items that are restricted and prohibited by FedEx.. Obtaining a better understanding of these items before you ship is essential for following the shipping guidelines without fail. Be honest with your customs paperwork or you are likely to get caught at the customs or at risk of being fined by countries you will be importing to.

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