Thursday, July 27, 2006

Don't ship to Italy

I'm selling this Paul Frank Flamingo purse on Ebay, and received an inquiry from a person from Italy about shipping, because they wanted the bag. I looked into it, and more suprising than the cost to ship things was the articles you are not allowed to ship to Italy. The list of prohibitted items includes:
Albums of any kind (of photographs, postcards, postage stamps, etc.).

Artificial flowers and fruits and accessories for them.

Bells and other musical instruments and parts thereof.

Cartridge caps; cartridges.

Clocks and supplies for clocks.

Coral mounted in any way.

Ether and chloroform.

Exposed photographic and cinematographic films.

Footwear of any kind.

Haberdashery and sewn articles of any kind, including trimmings and lace; handkerchiefs; scarves; shawls, needlework including stockings and gloves; bonnets, caps, and hats of any kind.

Hair and articles made of hair.

Human remains.

Leather goods.

Live bees, leeches, and silkworms.

Nutmeg, vanilla; sea salt, rock salt; saffron.

Parasites and predators of harmful insects.

Perfumery goods of all kinds (except soap).

Playing cards of any kind.

Radioactive materials.

Ribbons for typewriters.

Roasted or ground coffee and its substitutes; roasted chicory.

Saccharine and all products containing saccharine.

Salted, smoked or otherwise prepared meats; fats; and lard.

Toys not made wholly of wood.

Treated skins and furs.

And if you don't believe me here is the official US postal service website explaining everything.

Remember no Haberdashery.


Anonymous said...

Wow,wonder why.

Anonymous said...

The reason why? Some things are obvious such as chloroform. Bees and bugs can, in themselves be devastating to their wine crops and such. The leather goods and leather shoes etc. are in direct competition to what Italians have long been known for: leather handbags, shoes etc. You will have to ask them about the Haberdashery..!! ??