As a matter of public safety, governments at all levels have passed legislation restricting the transportation of dangerous goods. Some commodities may be included in your shipment under controlled conditions; others are prohibited by law. In either case, you must disclose to the van operator every item which poses a hazard and that you intend to include with your shipment. Carriers such as van lines are required by the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act to accept responsibility for the final decision whether any particular item can be safely included in your shipment. If your van operator feels it presents a danger to himself, his personnel, his vehicle or its contents, the law requires him to refuse to ship the item.

In order to prepare you in advance, we have developed the following lists of dangerous household commodities; some may be shipped and some may not. The items that are allowed to be included in your shipment must be handled according to the instructions that

For those items that we cannot ship, it will be your responsibility to dispose of them before you move. Your van operator cannot do this for you. Most municipal landfill sites have the facilities to handle dangerous goods. Please do not attempt to conceal them within your shipment; this could place the van and its contents in serious danger, and also invalidate your liability protection.

  • Allowable Dangerous Items
  • Household cleaners such as Ajax, Mr. Clean, Spic’n’Span
  • Nail polish remover and perfume
  • Art supplies except those that are flammable
  • Chemicals for photographic hobby

These allowable items must be packed in a carton clearly marked “Consumer Commodity – Dangerous Good Exempt”. Your moving consultant will give you the necessary sticker. Then carton must be pointed out to the van operator at the time of loading. You must declare that these are the only dangerous goods (as defined in the Act) that are included in your shipment. This declaration is included on your bill of lading.

Prohibited Dangerous Items

Gases & Propellants

  • Gasoline, propane, kerosene, naphtha, lighter fluid
  • Liquified petroleum gases of all types
  • Aerosol cans not classified as personal toiletries
  • Barbecue tanks, oxygen, helium, acetylene
  • Butane lighters
  • Fire extinguishers


  • Ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Flares
  • Blasting caps
  • Industrial explosives
  • Detonation devices

Yard & Gardening Supplies

  • Pesticides containing a base of arsenic, strychnine or cyanide
  • Fertilizers containing ammonium nitrate
  • Pool chemicals
  • Chlorine
  • Wood preservatives


  • Batteries, alkaline or acid (except a car battery installed in a car being shipped).

Household Chemicals

  • Bleach & peroxide
  • Disinfectants
  • Cleaning fluids such as ammonia, varsol, turpentine
  • Pesticides, herbicides & fumigants
  • Oven cleaner, lye or acids
  • Oil-based paint & thinners
  • Chemistry sets
  • Any flammable items

Flammable Solids

  • Matches
  • Solid fuel & BBQ starter tablets
  • Sterno
  • Hay, straw, wood