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No matter what you’re transporting abroad, there may be a time when you need to consider what you need to pack in a shipping container. Whether you’re moving abroad on a work assignment and you’re taking some home belongings with you, or you’re setting up a business and you’re in need of help moving across some equipment, when it comes to shipping containers, there are a few things that you should avoid packing. There are a lot of international rules and regulation in regards to cargo, so it is important that you consider this when it comes to packing your shipping container. Here at Barrington Freight, we can provide you with professional guidance on what you can and cannot pack depending on the service that you choose and the country that you are looking to ship to. Here, we’re taking a look at the general top 5 items that you shouldn’t pack in a shipping container.

Small Valuables

There are some valuable items that may not be suitable to be stored in a shipping container when transporting cargo, and items like jewellery or money are some of the most important.  In a shipping container, they may be at risk of theft or loss, even if packaged up correctly, so it is important to ensure that you take extra care of these types of items when transporting goods. A shipping container is generally not the best place for them.

Hazardous Substances

Things like pressurised cans or toxic substances are best left out of your shipping container. Whether you’re looking for sea freight, air freight, or even road freight, hazardous substances can not only land you in trouble, they can also cause danger for customs officials and the cargo team who are transporting the goods.

Food & Other Perishable Goods

Unless you are shipping certain perishable goods in a controlled container, it is important to ensure that you do not have any foods or other perishable goods located inside your container. This is because it may end up attracting unwanted insects or other animals, and it may also spoil, meaning other items within your shipping container could end up ruined as a result.

Plants, Soil, Animals and Seeds

There are a number of countries that have strict regulations and requirements when it comes to the shipping of live plants, soil, animals and seeds in order to protect their country from potential diseases or outbreaks of unwanted, predator species that could wreak havoc on their homeland. Contamination of certain diseases is possible, so it is important to ensure that you do not have any form of plant, soil, animal or seeds in order to keep you from being in trouble.


If you are looking to ship firearms or ammunition to another country, then you will need to ensure that you have filled out all of the required specific regulations and documents. There are a number of licenses, agreements and other forms of documentation that are required in order to safely and legally ship forms of ammunition and firearms to another country. In some cases, owning guns in certain countries is illegal at all costs, so it is important that you also know the laws in the country you are moving to, to prevent any unwarranted legal action against you.


If you are in need of any advice when it comes to what you are allowed to transport, whether you’re in need of next day delivery or our standard delivery services, make sure to get in touch with our experts today. We can provide you with all of the advice and information that you need to ensure that the entire process is hassle free.

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