Are you planning to move? Did you know that there are some specific things movers won’t move called non-allowable items?

What are non-allowables?

Non-allowables is an industry term for items that professional movers won’t transport. While some are obvious, other non-allowable items might surprise you.

So, what’s on the list?

Non-Allowable Items List

Here’s a general list of what movers won’t move.

Hazardous Material

Moving companies aren’t allowed to transport flammable, corrosive, or explosive items. Federal law prohibits them from doing so. Here’s a list of hazardous materials not to pack.

  • Guns and ammunition
  • Black powder, smokeless powder
  • Igniters or primers
  • Fireworks
  • Lighter fluid/matches
  • Propellers
  • Signal flares
  • Acids/Ammonia
  • Gasoline/Kerosene or other petroleum products
  • Yard equipment containing fuel
  • Motor oil/Antifreeze
  • Lamp oil
  • Fluid cleaners
  • Dyes
  • Disinfectants
  • Pesticides/Fertilizer/Weed killers/Poisons
  • Propane tanks
  • Paint, paint thinners, and other paint-related materials
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • Aerosol cans (deodorant, hair spray)
  • Charcoal
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Scuba diving tanks
  • Car batteries
  • Cleaning supplies/bleach
  • Liquor (alcoholic beverages)
  • Candles
  • Dangerous or unidentified liquids


Perishables are any item that won’t make a move in good condition such as frozen food, opened food products, refrigerated food, produce, and plants (including indoor).

Personal or Sentimental Items

Some movers may include personal or sentimental items to the non-allowable items list. We recommend that you transport personal or sentimental items in a personal vehicle for safeguarding.

Here’s a look at what some moving companies classify as personal or sentimental.

  • Cash, Credit/Debit Cards, Checkbooks
  • Keys (Car, House, Furniture, Safety Deposit Box, Safe etc.)
  • Expensive electronic devices (cell phones, laptops, e-book readers, etc.
  • Airline Tickets
  • Car Titles
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Collections (coin, stamps, etc.)
  • Important Artwork
  • Financial and Professional Documents
  • Insurance Policies
  • IRAs, Deeds, Tax Records
  • Jewelry
  • Medical and Dental Records
  • Medicine
  • Photos and Photo Albums
  • Stocks and Bonds


Moving companies won’t move pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, exotic animals, and more. You’ll need to plan and organize the best way to transport your pets to your new home. Some options include in your vehicle, air travel, or professional pet movers.

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Ask the Moving Company About Non-Allowable Items

A reputable moving company won’t move certain things because of legal, ethical, or safety reasons. While there are some universal non-allowables, each moving company will have their version of things they prohibit. Ask your mover what’s on their non-allowable items list.

RL Maxon Moving is a full-service moving company. We help individuals and families like you with packing and unpacking, residential or commercial moves, and more. Contact us today to see how we can help make your next move a success.