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To avoid any unnecessary delays or disruptions during the import/export of your commercial cargo items while shipping with ‘Ceylon Shipping Lines’, it's important to familiarize yourself with restrictions that have been enacted related to custom restricted cargo. 

Including restricted items in your cargo will affect losses, damages, or penalties in customs, and Ceylon Shipping Lines reserve the right to refuse or suspend transportation of any package and we do not take any liabilities regarding legal implications that may apply to your packages.

What Items are Listed as ‘Custom Restricted Cargo’?


Items that are not permitted to enter a country by international regulation are listed as prohibited or restricted items.

As the item sender, make sure to check the lists of restricted & prohibited items as several items are not suitable to be ship through our network on behalf of our customers.

The followings are generally prohibited shipping items:

  • Animal skin/ animal parts / livestock (non-domesticated)
  • Dangerous goods/Hazardous materials
  • Important documents such as passports/tenders/share option certificates etc.)
  • Infectious substances
  • Firearms/ Fire extinguishers
  • Furs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Ivory and ivory products
  • Live animals
  • Money and negotiable items
  • Human remains
  • Perishable goods
  • Personal effects (except via MBE Centers to selected countries)
  • Drugs (including prescription drugs)
  • Plants/ Biological samples
  • Pornographic materials
  • Lighter fluid and matches
  • Seeds
  • Tobacco or tobacco products
  • Unaccompanied baggage (except via MBE Centers to selected countries)

Note: This is not a complete list of items that subject to import prohibitions and restrictions. Please refer to the customs regulations of the country you wish to import/export for a complete list of custom restricted cargo.

As some countries accept shipping certain items that are listed as prohibited such as Alcoholic beverages, Tobacco and tobacco products, Perishable items can be shipped on a contract basis for shippers that have a consistent volume and the ability to meet with all necessary regulations.

Note: Not all items can be exported to all countries. Contact local Ceylon Shipping Lines for more information.


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