Hauling Exclusions

We safely and efficiently ship freight across your region, the country, the continent, and the globe. We always strive to accommodate special requests, but there are certain hazardous materials and other sensitive items that we can’t haul. Please contact Estes Forwarding Worldwide or Time Critical to find alternative services for these excluded commodities.


The Do-Not-Haul List

Hazardous Materials

Estes does not haul the following hazardous materials:

• Hazard Class 1, Division 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3
• Hazard Class 1, Division 1.5, requiring placards, exceeding 1,000 pounds

Infectious substances
• Hazard Class 6.2

Hazardous waste

Liquefied gas
• Includes refrigerated liquid methane, liquid propane, or other liquefied gas with methane content greater than 85%, in packaging exceeding 3,500 gallons

Metallic mercury (quicksilver)


Poison inhalation hazards

Radioactive materials, isotopes, or articles that are highway-route controlled

Prohibited or Restricted Articles

The following materials are prohibited from shipping, or restricted where indicated:

Cadavers and/or bodily fluid

Controlled substances (Title 21, USC)
• Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V


E-juice (or e-liquid)

Electronic cigarettes
• E-cigarettes, vaping devices, other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), and related components restricted from delivery to private residences or places of limited access; items will not be held on dock for customer pick-up

Firearms, assembled or unassembled
• In Canada: Includes airsoft guns that resemble firearms, or replicas of firearms

Firearm parts and ammunition
• Parts not sufficient to build a complete firearm, such as gun barrels, gunstocks, and handguards, as well as small arms ammunition and cartridges restricted from delivery to private residences or places of limited access; items will not be held on dock for customer pick-up

Fireworks and pyrotechnics
• Includes delivery to private residences or places of limited access; items will not be held on dock for customer pick-up

Fresh fruit or produce

Human or animal waste
• Includes urine and feces

Intermediate bulk containers (IBCs)
• As defined in Item 280 of the NMFC, shall only be accepted where the container is both rigid and contained within a 6-sided metal cage supporting the rigid container; any flexible or semi-rigid container, or any rigid container not enclosed within a metal cage, containing any liquid, gas, gel, or semi-liquid material shall not be accepted under any circumstance

Items with wheels

Live plants

• Includes hemp plants, leaves, and oil, as well as hemp in the raw and CBDs derived from hemp
• CBD oils or other products that contain THC
• Synthetic cannabinoids

Powderized pigments
• Includes lampblack, carbonized charcoal, paint pigments and dyes, and carbon black

Scrap tires

Single units weighing more than 4,000 pounds

Extraordinary Value

These items cannot be shipped unless otherwise noted:

Bank bills

Credit cards

• Other than coin



• Excludes costume or novelty jewelry

Original works of art
• Excludes pictures or paintings shipped as household goods with a maximum release value of $5.00 per pound

Postage stamps

Precious metals and stones

Letters, with or without stamps
• Excludes U.S. Mail from one U.S. Post Office to another

Marble or marble products of granite or slate
• Requires crating and approval by VP, Operations

Museum articles or articles of antiquity
• Except antiques shipped as household goods or Federal Reserve coin exhibits

Revenue stamps
• Excludes U.S. Internal Revenue Distilled Spirits stamps, which are accepted for volume or truckload shipments only

Valuable papers of any kind

Visual communicating or monitoring devices
• Includes televisions, video, or multimedia monitors, or displays other than CRT (cathode ray tube)