Prohibited Items by UMAC Cargo Express – Materials that are Forbidden for Import by Philippine & Us Customs

UMAC Cargo Express Prohibited Items
UMAC Cargo Express Prohibited Items

UMAC Cargo Express strictly follow the rules and regulation of the United States and Philippines. There is a list of Items that UMAC Cargo Express declared as prohibited items to ship internationally. These items are also illegal to deliver under Philippines & US Customs Laws. UMAC Cargo Express highly encourages following the rules of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.

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UMAC Cargo Express List of Prohibited Items to Ship Inside a Balikbayan Box in the Philippines

CurrencyCeramic Tableware
PetsFruits & Vegetables
FluidsHazardous Materials
BiologicalPornographic Materials
SoilsAutomobiles (any parts)
GunsArmored Related Items
JewelryDog and Cat Fur
MedicationAnimal Hide Drums
Money OrderPerishable food items
Precious StonesFirearms or Ammunition
Game & HuntingCultural Artifacts & Pottery
Plants & SeedsDismantled Auto Parts (chop Chop)
Explosives MaterialMeats, Cheese, livestock, & Poultry
Traveler’s ChecksTrademarked & Copyrighted articles
Absinthe (alcohol)Merchandise from embargoed countries
Alcoholic beveragesPirated items (DVDs, VCD, tapes, etc.)
Textiles (Roll)Prohibited Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia
Fishes & WildlifePrecious Items or Metals like Trophies, gold, Haitian
Goods for commercial purpose quantity (Ukayukay in bales/boxes)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) & Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines

These are some prohibited items to export in USA and Philippines. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for enforcing laws for import and export by incorporating with other government departments and agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

These departments are responsible for ensuring that illegal and prohibited items must not enter the United States. CBP officers perform duties at every port to ensure that they have an eye on each importing and exporting item. That is Why UMAC Cargo Philippines strongly follow the instructions of Philippines & US Custom and do not allow to ship prohibited items.

In the same way, Philippines customs agencies have declared in Section 101 of the “Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines” all these items are in the strict checklist of law enforcement agencies of the Philippines. UMAC Cargo Express follows these rules strictly, so all restricted items will be destroyed, and both shipper and consignee will be considered trailed per law.


UMAC Express Cargo declared above mentioned items as prohibited items. Every country has regulation authorities to control import and export. UMAC Canada, USA and Philippine’s export regulation authorities has defined above mentioned items as prohibited items to ship. UMAC Cargo Express follows both countries laws so they also declared these items prohibited. So before sending such items please read the instructions and also confirm from the agent while booking the service.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Any equipment of mass destruction and items in the Strategic Trade Management Act (STMA) or the National Strategic Goods List (NSGL) Other Prohibited items including automobile components, ceramic tableware, lubricating substances, plants, soil, seeds, and perishable products not canned, like fruits, meats, milk, cheese, or grain food stuff.

Flammable Solids including matches, firelighters, adhesives, oily shreds, old energy tanks. Oxidizing Substances and Organic Peroxides such as hair dying color, household spray, disinfectants, swimming pool acids, bleach. Hazardous and Infectious Substances like blood samples, urine specimens. These are prohibited items you should not bring on sea cargo.

In situations where a balikbayan box is considered suspected to have flagged materials or prohibited items, Customs inspector will only be authorized to open and inspect the box in the existence of an agent from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), a designated officer of an OFW organization, apprehending officers, and the freight forwarder.

No, it is suggested that don’t send Mobile Phones, and other electronic devices like laptops, and items with batteries. The main reason is batteries that are not allowed to send in the balikbayan box and also these items are included in valuable items.

Jewelry comes under valuable stuff and under stone category, you can not send it with Balikbayan Box. To send jewelry you need to select proper channel by mentioning the value of goods.

Here are examples of commonly encountered items that are prohibited for transportation:

  • Substances that are flammable in liquid and solid forms
  • Materials that are radioactive
  • Substances with corrosive properties
  • Hazardous poisons and infectious materials
  • Gases stored under pressure
  • Items with magnetic properties
  • Strong acidic substances
  • Firearms and ammunition

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