Policies and procedures

Unfortunately, there are rules and restrictions for what can and can’t be mailed.
This list is not exhaustive, but in most cases, you can't send…

  • Alcohol — Alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, or liquor) are restricted and can’t go in the mail. If you’re reusing a box displaying alcohol brands, all logos and labels need to be completely removed.
  • Perfume − Perfume containing alcohol is prohibited on air transportation, and can only be shipped domestically via surface transportation. Perfume containing alcohol is prohibited in international shipments.
  • Prescription Drugs – Prescription medications can only be mailed by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registered entities. Similar regulations may apply to over-the-counter medications.
  • Cigarettes & Smokeless Tobacco – With few exceptions, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco shipments cannot be mailed.
  • Firearms – Only licensed manufacturers and dealers can mail or receive handguns. And even though unloaded rifles and shotguns are mailable, mailers must comply with all applicable regulations.

Many items can’t go in the mail.
Restricted materials come in a wide variety of forms and can be chemical, biological, radioactive, or a combination of factors.

Many common household and consumer products cannot be mailed through the BVSC Shipping Service.  These materials may not be dangerous on your shelf at home, but they may become a hazard when shaken or when exposed to temperature or pressure changes. Additional rules and restrictions apply for items being mailed internationally.

Examples of items that may be mailable but have specific restrictions…

  • Aerosols
  • Lithium Batteries
  • Nail Polish
  • Perfumes containing alcohol
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Paints
  • Matches
  • Certain Glues
  • Live Animals
  • Cremated Remains

Examples of non-mailable items…

  • Air bags
  • Ammunition
  • Explosives
  • Gasoline