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The Most Unusual Cargo Restrictions around the World

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Planning to export your products abroad? Well, we recommend you check this cargo restriction list first, if you wish to avoid unpleasant surprises…

Every state obeys a standard set of regulations, in which exporters will have to compromise, even though some may not make sense to one or another.

Each and every corner of the world has built its uniqueness through its history, religion, ethics and culture. Hence, it is only but fair to respect peculiarities, such as the ones that follow.

Obviously, it may seem as common sense that drugs or weapons should not be allowed, but this list has nothing to do with what you would have expected.

It is however essential to also mention that certain prohibitions are only derived from governments and the need of authority to be asserted, as well as the indirect repression of the civilian population.

So let’s start!

  • Tunisia

Pencils – humble pencils are totally banned in Tunisia. Therefore, old-school writers must find their way in ballpoint pens from now on.

Tristan Martin

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  • South Africa-Mexico-India

Matching Shoes – Here probably comes one of the weirdest restrictions; these countries have forbidden import of matching shoes! Reason of this is to avoid collapse of their own manufacturing market of shoes and of course applies only to massive exports, so do not be afraid to bring your own set of shoes.

Pinterest

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  • Peru

Vitamins – import of all vitamin supplements are strictly banned in Peru. This came into effect due to incidents of “overdosing” of population. Definitely, an Ancient Greek wisdom could help at this point: “all in good measure”.

mickebear

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  • Algeria

Algeria has to report not only one, but two unusual forbidden products for import.

Funeral urns – The one is the Funeral urns-whether full or empty- regardless of the fact that coffins are properly allowed.

 

Toothpaste – The second to follow is: Toothpaste and all dental products. This came to effect due to the negative impact of fluoride, which is regarded as poisonous by many scientists.

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  • Singapore

Chewing gum – in this case things get serious.. You cannot import, you cannot buy, you cannot consume! Not to mention that there is in fact a penalty of $700 for spitting out gum on the streets. Only exception to this rather extreme measure: chewing gum of therapeutic value, such as dental or nicotine gum.

Daniel Remi

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  • Malawi

Aphrodisiac substances -We do not know the exact reason for this measure that Malawi had to take – one is for sure though- Malawi people are forced to refrain from any aphrodisiac products due to Malawian authorities.

Daily Mail

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  • Saudi Arabia

Horns – one of plenty restrictions that apply in Saudi Arabia with only goal to reduce intense noise especially in the city.

India Today

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  • Bulgaria

Used clothing – Surely, you are allowed to bring your own outfits with you while travelling to Bulgaria, but, by no means, you can consider importing used clothes for resale.

Money Crashers

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  • Iran

Fashion magazines – this constraint should definitely not be of a huge surprise. Fashion, as it is presented during our century, is in general deemed as an unwanted-not Islamic influence by Iranian governance and for this reason; it is off limits for people living in Iran.

BBC

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  • Nicaragua

Communist literature – Nicaragua was a battleground during the Cold War and after since all communist content has been banned.

Matthew Niederhauser

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  • Italy

Toys– only wooden toys are left to be freely imported in Italy, all the rest are banned from being shipped into the country.

Ivo.Vuk

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  • Uruguay

Glasses – Foreign spectacles are excluded from the list of allowed imports to Uruguay.

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This is only a tiny list of products that cannot be imported legally in different parts of the world, so beware! When in need to send cargo out of your country, firstly make sure that this is not a prohibited action.

Custom officials monitor all items that enter a state and do not mind if a specific import ban seems bizarre to you.

Feel free to comment more extraordinary illegal imports that are not included in our list of favorites and share your thoughts with us!

 

Feature Image – theneweconomy


Despina Rachi

Despina Rachi

Lives in Athens and works in the Maritime industry. Thrilled to be a part of Free Thinking inspirational team and share my thoughts with you:)
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