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What Your Moving Company Is Not Allowed to Move

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Move From New York To California

Long distance moving companies are professionals at what they do, moving! They transport people’s personal belongings from place to place, state to state, no matter what it takes. This is why, when you hire a moving company for your long distance move, they will take care of everything, and deliver your belongings to your new home. However, by law, Moving companies New York to California are not allowed to transport certain items. These items are called Non-Allowable within the moving industry.

What are non-allowable, and why are moving companies not allowed to move them?

Non-allowable items are things that moving companies are not permitted, by law, to handle or move. And the reason why moving companies cannot move these items is primarily because of safety. Moving companies cannot put their employees, property, or equipment at risk. In addition to the risk of the company, there is also the risk to the customer’s belongings. Packing your items for the journey provides important tips on what can and cannot be packed.

Some exceptions might be considered. If these exceptions are made, it will be at the moving companies discretion and will depend on which items are in question, the distance of the move and if any complications could arise from transporting any of these items.


Hazardous items are things that are flammable, corrosive, or explosive. Many of these products we use regularly without knowing that they are hazardous.





Car batteries


Charcoal lighter fluid

Chemistry sets

Cleaning solvents

Darkroom chemicals


Fire extinguisher



Household batteries


Lamp oil

Liquid bleach

Loaded guns


Motor oil

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Paint thinner




Pool chemicals

Propane tanks

Reloading supplies

SCUBA tanks


Weed killer

Perishables are things that go bad quickly and decay. Foods are considered perishable, frozen foods, produce, and open food products. They can attract pests in a very short time.

 Personal items are anything that is of value, sentimental or any vital documentation.


Credit cards

Personal documents

Marriage license


Car documents

Insurance documents

Financial records

Birth certificates


Insurance documents

Social Security

Medical records


Bank records



Electronic devices

Cell phone


External hard drives




Plants are also non-allowable items, and cannot be transported long distances with moving companies.

What should I do with my non-allowable items?

 If moving companies are not permitted, by federal law to move these items, should you move them? It is best not to! You do not want to risk moving these items yourself. Before you move, it is advised to use them, give them away, or to donate them to the appropriate causes. If you need to dispose of any hazardous items, make sure it is done properly, and in accordance with recycling regulations.

When making a move from NY to California it’s always a good idea to check state guidelines to see if there are any restrictions on what can be brought across the state line into California. Laws differ per state, and bringing a non-allowable item into one state could be fine, however, you might be breaking the law in another state. Make sure you know the law! For many of the non-allowable items that your moving company is not allowed to move, there are companies that move to California from New York who specialize in transporting certain goods. For example, if you have firearms and ammunition that you want to take with you, any fine collections, such a wine or books. If you have pets that need to be moved, using a specialized company/service might be the best option to keeping some of your finest and most treasured belongings, and having them safely delivered to your new home.

Each moving company will have a list of non-allowable items, which they will provide to you. Read though it carefully to ensure that no non-allowable get packed into any boxes, and accidentally loaded onto the moving truck.

Recommended reading
Prepare to move your plants - Part 1
Prepare to move your plants - Part 2
Packing your items for the journey
How To Hire Reliable Movers NYC To LA
Cross Country Moving

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