What China Taobao Can’t Ship Internationally (Prohibited Items List by Category)

Due to China export regulations and carrier restrictions,  Some items are prohibited from being shipped internationally. Before you buy items from China Taobao, please be sure they are not on this “Do Not Ship” list.

However, some couriers offer special delivery service that can ship prohibited items internationally.If you are not sure if you can ship an item,you can contact the courier,they can help you find out if the products you want to purchase can be shipped to your country.

Commodity Specific examples of articles Prohibited reason
All kinds of poison, biochemical products and infectious materials Such as anthrax, dangerous bacteria, medicine with waste, pesticides, thallium, cyanide, dioxins, DDT, chlordane, ractopamine, ractopamine hydrochloride, arsenic, tear gas, white crystals, powder, paste and other items “Ban on the export of goods catalog,” the third installment of “China banned or severely restricted the list of toxic chemicals.”
Causing addiction of narcotic drugs and psychotropic items Such as drugs, opium (including poppy capsules, flower, bud, leaves, etc.), morphine, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, etc. “Psychotropic Drugs Control catalog of the varieties”
State law prohibits the circulation of goods shipped or sent Such as artifacts, regulated knives, antiques, various weapons, simulated weapons (simulation toy guns, etc.), ammunition, national currency (cash), securities, counterfeit currency and securities, source plasma, Laogai products Reference to the law:
“Cultural Relics Protection Law”, “Ministry of Public Security Control Tool Catalog”, “People’s Republic of China Firearms Control Law”, “Civil Explosives Safety Management Regulations”
China’s political, economic, cultural, moral (the Falun Gong) harmful materials, involving state secrets articles with violation of the “one China” principle content of the goods and their packaging. The carrier discs, tapes, videos and other content containing reactionary, and so obscene, indecent or Falun Gong newspapers, books, pictures, promotional materials, audio and video products, computer disk and CD-ROMs Reference to the law:
“Constitution”, “Criminal Law”, “People’s Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets Law”
Hinder public health goods Such as bones, ashes, coffins without tanned skins, animal bones without drugs, unprocessed or degreased bones, soil, animal carcasses, animal and plant pathogens (including bacteria and viruses, etc.) “Ban on the export of goods catalog” First
Animals, plants and their specimens and some natural resources Rhinoceros horn, bezoar, tiger bones, skins, fur (fur), musk, seaweed, Ephedra, wild yew wood, charcoal, forest litter, peat (peat), silica sand, quartz sand and other natural sand, mahogany seeds (other propagating material), animals and plants “Ban on the export of goods catalog” The first, second, fourth, fifth
And various items of dangerous goods radioactive (danger signs packaging items) Such as explosives (detonators, fuses, gunpowder, explosives, etc.), nuclear energy and other goods “Radioactive Materials Transportation Safety Management Regulations”, “Civil Explosives import and export management approach”
Medical waste, chemical waste, industrial waste, etc. As used disposable syringes “Environmental Protection Law”
Gas (regardless of color) Such as compressed gases, dry ice, fire extinguishers, gas cartridges, inflatable spheres, life-saving devices, explosive open automotive airbags, aerosols, gas lighters, gas cylinders, light bulbs, etc. Affect transportation safety, not acceptable
Explosive materials Such pyrotechnic articles (fireworks, firecrackers, crackers, crackers, etc.), issuing the order paper, dry ice, with a gas lighter, gas stove, gas cylinders, firearms, etc. Affect transportation safety, not acceptable
Flammable liquids Such as ink, to the light water, paint, oil, gasoline, kerosene, diesel oil, benzene, alcohol, oil, camphor oil, engine starting fluid, turpentine, thinner, glue (such as glue, styrofoam plastic foam plastic, etc.), perfume, spray insecticides, air fresheners, cosmetics, etc. Affect transportation safety, not acceptable
Flammable solids (including spontaneously combustible materials, water releases flammable gases, etc.) Such as coal, rosin, paraffin, activated carbon, titanium powder, copra, castor, rubber debris, safety matches (box wipe or rub sheet), white phosphorus, phosphorus, hemp oil, sodium metal, aluminum , magnesium powder, solid rubber (including white glue, etc.), inks, perfumes, asphalt, etc. Affect transportation safety, not acceptable
Chemicals, chemical laboratory supplies, medical products, etc. Such as potassium permanganate, sulfuric, furan, vaccines, blood products, etc. “Ban on the export of goods catalog” third
Oxidizers and organic peroxides Such as hydrogen peroxide, sodium peroxide, calcium hypochlorite, potassium chlorate, potassium nitrate, unknown chemical composition and other items Affect transportation safety, not acceptable
Toxic chemicals and infectious substances: means likely to occur in the circulation process of poisoning and infection items Such as insecticides, pesticides, veterinary drugs, herbicides, arsenic and its compounds, mercury and its compounds, cyanide and its compounds, chloroform, benzene, ammonium, lacquer, blood, urine, body fluids, cleaning agents for four carbon tetrachloride, 1,1,1-trichloroethane (methyl chloroform) and trichlorotrifluoroethane, polychlorinated biphenyls, polybrominated biphenyls, asbestos, etc. “Ban on the export of goods catalog” The first, third, “Pesticide List”
Corrosive substances (including energy burning body tissue and to cause damage to metal items such as solid and liquid, etc.) Such as sulfuric acid, nitric acid, hydrochloric acid, chlorosulfonic acid, acetic acid, caustic soda, hydrogen peroxide and other Affect transportation safety, not acceptable
All kinds of currency in circulation, gambling equipment and appliances National currencies, fiscal Bo equipment “People’s Republic of China Postal Law”, “People’s Republic of China import and export regulations”
fertilizer Such as urea, ammonium nitrate, superphosphate, ammonia, etc. National export quotas for commodities, not express way Acceptance
Fresh class items, perishables, animals, dairy products and other items Such as honey, eggs, wine, sugar, food, etc. Sensitive goods, no air shipment
The people’s livelihood, state-run trade of regulated goods Such as corn, rice, coal, cotton, crude oil, refined oil, antimony and antimony products, tungsten and tungsten products, silver, wheat, corn flour, rice flour, wheat flour, lumber, coal, coke, rare earth, zinc ore, tin and tin products, indium and indium products, molybdenum, phosphate rock, etc. National export quotas for commodities, not express way Acceptance
Export quota bidding and management of goods export authorizations Rush and Rush products, silicon carbide, fluorine stone (powder), slippery stones (powder), light (heavy) burned magnesium, bauxite, liquorice and products, paraffin, zinc and zinc-based alloys, automobiles and chassis, its motorcycle engine and frame, citric acid, vitamin C, penicillin industrial salt, sulfuric acid disodium Involving export authorization management product, not express way Acceptance
Protection of forest resources, prevent deforestation Such as: charcoal “Ban on the export of goods catalog” the second installment
Gold silver platinum and other precious metals products and other valuables Such as gold, silver, platinum, precious stones, jewelry, pearls, ivory, etc. “Ban on the export of goods catalog” First
Radio transceiver, the confidentiality of communications, etc. Such as radar and other transmitters, receivers and other equipment Affecting national security, card-related card-related goods, not express way Acceptance
Charged items (except lithium batteries from electronic products) Airlines prohibited acceptance, such as plastic dolls _ charged, electric remote control cars etc. Sensitive goods, no air shipment
Batteries, alkaline batteries, alkaline battery fluid, etc. Such as batteries, alkaline batteries, etc. Affect transportation safety, not acceptable
Electronic products containing lithium batteries We do not accept pure battery or battery package goods; Acceptable built (inextricably) battery goods, such as goods with a built-in battery must indicate on the invoice and waybill, without the battery in the waybill and invoice NO BATTERY. Sensitive goods, no air shipment
Magnetic objects (not including protective packaging plus degaussing magnets, magnets and other magnetic products containing etc.) Airlines prohibited acceptance, such as magnetic stripe, such as magnets; Magnetic influence transportation safety, not acceptable
Liquid (Regardless of the packaging) Such as wine, moisturizer, eyeliner, sunscreen, contact lens solution, eye drops, physiological saline water, insect repellent, gold plating bath, aluminum paste, glow sticks, mercury thermometer, ice pillow, etc. Due to inability to identify ingredients that affect the express transportation safety, not acceptable
Frozen fresh meat Such as chilled beef, frozen beef, chilled pork, frozen pork, chilled meat, frozen chicken Sensitive goods, no air shipment
Cigarette cigarette Domestic implementation of the tobacco monopoly, foreign destinations involving high taxes, not acceptable
Appearance is more sensitive or internal organization can not split the goods Liner such as electrical, electronic equipment, and other unknown particles Sensitive goods, no air shipment
CD CD Sensitive goods, no air shipment
Rare mineral natural resources and other scarce natural resources Such as primary raw materials such as copper profile, aluminum and other 47 kinds of commodities Export quota categories of goods, can not express the way Acceptance
Food Including food products; Sensitive goods
Drug All drugs Sensitive goods

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  1. Hi Eric, what about Led Light bulbs and mini exercise bike from taobao china?

    • where are you from?tea can be shipped to certain countries using an agent.

  2. Hi, I tried to buy an auto vacuum cleaner (Deebot DD35) from TB but payment just cannot go through. Talked to the customer service and was told it is a prohibited goods for shipment. Is this true?

    • yes,taobao official forwarder can not ship electronics abroad.

    • no,this product can not be shipped to Malaysia using taobao official shipping method.

    • taobao can not ship liquid stuff internationally.so you have to use a taobao agent.

  3. I am looking to purchase computer Graphic cards from Taobao..will these be restricted and is it better to use an agent to help me?

  4. Hi, will I be able to ship to Singapore if I bought sparkle candles directly from taobao? I’m not sure if the candles is prohibited to import into sg. Thanks.

  5. Hi Eric,

    I tried to order water coolant for PC but got banned at forwarder warehouse. Any advise on which other agents can i forward to ?

  6. Hi Eric, i would like to ship some antique mirrors back to malaysia from taobao. What’s ur recommendation of the best way to ship?

  7. Hi Eric,

    Recently Taobao has been specifically blocking one 3rd party transformer toy company called Fanstoys products from being purchased by overseas buyers. Many other similar products from other companies can be purchased but they seem to have singled out Fantoys in particular to block. I asked customer service to start an inquiry as to why. Not sure if I’ll ever hear back.

    As you have said, It doesn’t really stop anyone form purchasing these products. You can get around it by going thru a forwarding agent but then we are just forced to pay their much higher shipping rates rather than going thru taobao partners zhongshan or JCEX. It doesn’t make sense to me why taobao would start blocking one company in particular. Would you have any insight?

    Here’s an example of virtually the same product from 2 different companies:
    Company is DX9 can be purchased:
    Fanstoy can not be purchased:

    Thank you

    • You can still buy Fanstoys items from Taobao. Just do a search by the item number for instance, FT-22.

  8. Hi Eric,
    How about blender or food processor ? Will it be rejected ?

    • yes,they reject most of the electronic product.

      • Hi Eric,
        I just got rejection from some of my items and i really don’t understand why. I ordered 2 type of food container. One is fine but another one was rejected as well as Silicone food wrap. I choose 4px to ship to australia. Any forwarder you recommend that won’t ban my goods?

  9. Dear Eric, I wanna buy a children bicycle from taobao.
    But it got rejected. Can you advice me what I can do.

  10. Is there a way to buy contact lenses from Taobao?

  11. Which courier would be able to send water bb toy guns into Singapore?

  12. hi Eric,

    Maybe this a bit off the topic. I had followed your website to gain a lot of information regarding taobao website. I just have one question, How can i chat directly with supplier thru websites?. i can do that with taobao apps on my smartphone but, i seem can find all my chat history on website. I just could not found the message button that on website

    Thanks Eric

    • you need to install a chat app called aliwangwang on your pc to chat with the seller.

  13. Eric please help me T ^ T
    I bought some watches they arrived and now they can’t ship to me i’m so worried because i paid a lot for that order what can i do? if you would like to help me i truly appreciate it my facebook is Melody Sandoval ( http://www.facebook.com/strawberry.priincess ) i tried to contact you trought facebook but i couldn’t find you
    many thanks xx

    • you can return watches to the seller and get your money back or you can ask the forwarder to ship watches to me,I then ship it to you.just drop me an email at [email protected] if you need further help.

  14. how do i save a product on the website, bc on the app theres a star but on the website there isn’t a direct way to save a product

    • below product image section,find words “收藏宝贝”,click it to save product.

  15. Hi Eric,

    My xiaomi battery just got rejected from 4PX. Any other ways I can get it shipped to Singapore?

    • you need to find an agent that can do this for you.

    • you can try use ABX Express, i have tried it twice to Malaysia

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