Prohibited Items

Welcome to Blackship, your trusted package forwarding service from Japan! While we're committed to delivering your desired items to your doorstep, we want you to know that not all items can make the journey. International and Japanese laws, and each shipping carrier, impose certain restrictions we must adhere to. Understanding these restrictions is essential for a smooth, hassle-free shipping experience.

If you have any queries or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at before sending your items for forwarding. Our team is here to assist you and provide the necessary guidance.

Please see our article regarding additional restrictions for DHL and FedEx .

We also recommend viewing the official prohibited item list by Japan Post for the most up-to-date information.

Non-Sendable Articles

These are some common items we cannot ship that have arrived with us in the past:

  • Alcohol content above 24% (except for USA/Canada where ALL alcohol is banned)
  • Engines, tanks, exhaust, or any other mechanical parts that could come into contact with oil/petrol
  • Shock absorbers containing gas
  • Zippo lighters
  • Nail polish
  • Perfume
  • Stand-alone batteries or mobile battery chargers
  • Items restricted by trade laws such as Ivory or Python Skin (goods made from endangered animals)
  • Replica Weapons
  • Aerosols
  • Sunscreen
  • Hair Color Products
  • Credit Cards, bank statements, etc
  • Laundry Detergent and other cleaning liquids
  • Any tobacco-related items (both normal and e-cigarette related)
  • Money of any type including collectible coins and gift cards.
  • Raw food such as fruits, vegetables, meat, etc

General Guidelines: 

Explosives and hazardous materials

Below are some more general guidelines for items that will be refused for shipment. If in doubt, please email us at before purchasing the item.


Including but not limited to Fireworks, firecrackers, ammunition

Flammable liquids

Including but not limited to Lighter fuel, paint, resin, oil (and any items that may have contained these such as oil tanks for cars), grease, lubricants

Compressed gasses

Including but not limited to Fire extinguishers, aqualungs, dust removers (spray type), portable condensed oxygen, helium gas, gas stove burners for camping, gas for portable stoves, gas for lighters

Flammable materials

Including but not limited to: Matches, lighters


Including but not limited to: Bleach, peroxidative agents, oxygen generators for personal use


Including but not limited to: Chloroform, insecticide transpirators (heat type)

Poisonous substances

Including but not limited to: Mercury, batteries

Radioactive substances

Including but not limited to: Plutonium, radium, uranium, caesium


Including but not limited to: Narcotics and psychotropic substances or tobacco.

Live animals and plants

Live animals 

Plants including Fresh Fruit and Vegetables  

Any item including soil/dirt

Country-Specific Restrictions

It is your responsibility to ensure that the item you purchase can be imported to your country. If in doubt please contact your local customs service. We have included a few specific examples for restricted items based on the country.

United States of America and Canada

  • Meat products including powdered and dried content are not permitted.
  • Alcoholic beverages

Australia and New Zealand

  • Natural products, seeds, wood, or any items that would pose a biohazard are not permitted
  • Fruit and vegetable products

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