Sending things through the mail is quite simple.

However, knowing what can and cannot be sent through the mail is a little more complicated.

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U.S. Postal Service Laws


While reading the list of forbidden items, I wondered why these things were listed.

Someone tried to mail these things before for them to be listed now.

Who was trying to send liquid mercury to someone through the U.S. Postal Service?

Regarding HAZMAT items, it is a little vague as to what is and is not considered HAZMAT.

The U.S. Postal Service shared,

"Hazardous materials are substances that could injure people or cause damage if not handled properly, like chemicals or flammable items. HAZMAT also includes lithium batteries (like the ones in cell phones and electronics; they contain a lot of energy and can be a fire risk) and liquid mercury."

If you are knowingly moving these items through the mail, you can get caught up real quickly by the government.

"If you knowingly mail materials that are dangerous or injurious to life, health, or property, for each violation, you face a civil penalty of at least $250 (but not more than $100,000), the costs of any cleanup, and damages. You may also face criminal penalties."

I do not know about you but I would rather not face a civil penalty of any kind.

What Things Can You Not Send Through The Mail?


A few things are quite obvious, but others not so much.

  • Aerosols
  • Cigarettes, Cigars, & Tobacco
  • Cremated Remains
  • Dry Ice
  • Glues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Lithium Batteries
  • Medicines & Prescription Drugs
  • Nail Polish
  • Paint
  • Perfumes
  • Perishable Items
  • Poisons

If you want to see more items you cannot send domestically, scroll below.

12 Surprising Things You Can’t Send Through the Mail in Michigan

Gallery Credit: Lisha B

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