What Moving Companies Won’t Move?

Discover what items moving companies won't move and how to handle them during your relocation. Uncover the restrictions and regulations that impact the transportation of certain belongings, ensuring a smooth and compliant moving process.
What Moving Companies Won’t Move

When dealing with out of state movers, you need to be aware of non-transportable goods. There are some items and types of belongings that moving long-distance companies will not transport for you. You may have to make other arrangements for them, such as carrying them personally when moving.

In this post, we’re going to be looking at some of the main and important ones.

1. Perishable food items

Moving out of state companies don’t transport perishable food items. There are a number of different reasons for that.

  • For one, such foodstuff may go bad during the move or in storage, causing the moving company to deal with messy complications. Think about that pot of gravy popping bubbles and foams sitting in the back of a 15-foot truck.
  • There may also be restrictions on transporting food when dealing with long distance movers. Safety regulations are often applied to moving companies, which can bar them from moving your last week’s leftovers in their trucks and containers.

Once you fix a date for the move, you should plan your meals in a way that you don’t have anything left over to worry about when the time comes. That is the ideal way to deal with moving company restrictions on transporting perishable food items.

But there is a silver lining. Not all food items are subject to the restriction. If you have some canned food or unprepared raw ingredients like bags of rice or pasta, you don’t have to worry about them. Your long-distance movers will be able to deal with these items without any problem. You can, of course, always make sure by giving them a call and confirming.

2. Valuables and costly belongings

Your moving company will also not be able to move any high-price valuables that you may possess. Such valuables contain items like:

  • Jewelry
  • Cash
  • Costly collectibles


And so on.

The big problem, among others, that these types of items pose to the moving companies is the compensation that they (the movers) may have to provide in the event of them (the valuables) getting damaged or misplaced.

3. Pets

It is not common for people to entrust their pets to the back of a moving truck or container, but should someone attempt it, they won’t be able to.

Pets are also in the category of things that out-of-state movers will not transport. The reasons for this prohibition are fairly obvious. Moving pets in trucks or containers can lead to them (the pets) getting harmed or distressed.

The best way to move pets is to take them with you. You can keep them contained in a carrier or cage when on the move.

4. Inflammable items and objects

Regardless of the size and nature of said items, moving companies will not transport anything inflammable. This includes everything from liquor bottles to propane tanks.

Even small and seemingly insignificant items such as nail polish and nail polish removers are specifically highlighted by moving companies as non-transportable.

These types of items pose a risk when they are contained inside a moving vehicle. They can possibly fall or bump around and cause damage to the vehicle itself as well as the other belongings stored alongside.

Wrapping up

Several other similar items could have been mentioned here, but for the sake of brevity, we will end this section here.

Of course, we can briefly list some other non-transportable goods here for your reference.

  • Plants are also non-transportable by moving companies
  • Firearms and related paraphernalia, such as ammunition, are also not allowed
  • Valuable documents, such as affidavits and deeds, also fall into this category
  • Gardening equipment also cannot be transported by moving companies