CBDS Compliance and Restrictions

How does CBDS ensure compliance?

When a parcel arrives at a CBDS consolidation center, Pitney Bowes performs compliance checks to prepare the shipment for international transit.

  • Pitney Bowes performs a Denied Party Screening on the buyer’s details. If the buyer is denied, Pitney Bowes is obligated to return the parcel to you.

  • Pitney Bowes performs a keywords-based export-and-import-restrictions check to make sure the commodities are cleared by the United States and the destination country. If this check fails, Pitney Bowes is obligated to return the parcel.

    Pitney Bowes checks for export-restrictions keywords based on ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) and BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security) rules. This is mandatory for any United States company.

    Pitney Bowes checks for import-restrictions keywords based on the destination country’s regulations on what is permitted, restricted, and prohibited.

How can I expedite compliance checks?

To help make compliance checks efficient, set up a category tree with Pitney Bowes before creating shipments. When creating a shipment, provide the following commodity information in the customs.customsItems object:

  • In the description field, provide a highly detailed description of the commodity.
  • In the url field, provide the URL for the commodity on the merchant’s site. Make sure the URL is a working URL.
  • In the hSTariffCode field, provide the HS Code.
  • In the categories array, provide commodity information based on the category tree you provided Pitney Bowes in advance. Do not use the categories array if you have not set up a category tree .

What items are restricted for import in Canada?

Please see Items Restricted for Import in Canada.

What items are restricted globally?

As of this writing, the following products are restricted from global trade:

  • Bulletproof Vests
  • Handcuffs of iron & steel
  • Infrared Security Cameras & Scanners
  • Pepper Spray & Stunguns
  • Tactical & Ballistic Goggles
  • Radar Detectors
  • Folding Knives | parts - handles of base metal
  • Electronic Cigarette Nicotine Cartridges & Liquid
  • Ammunition | air gun pellets
  • Archery Sights
  • Ammunition | pistol cartridges
  • Ammunition | rifle cartridges
  • Ammunition | shotgun cartridges
  • Ammunition | shotshell wads
  • Barrels for Assault Rifles
  • Gun Sights | parts
  • Gun Sights | telescopic rifle sights
  • Gun Sights | telescopic rifle sights with infrared
  • Gun Sights | telescopic rifle sights with laser
  • Hunting Rifles
  • Knives with folding blades | other (including parts)
  • Knives with folding blades | pen knives & pocket knives
  • Magazines for Assault Rifles
  • Pistol | semiautomatic
  • Revolvers
  • Shotguns | single-barrel
  • All Perishable goods (fruits, meats, eggs, fish, seafood, vegetables, dairy, flowers)
  • Corrosive material
  • Radioactive material
  • Any item that contains environmentally hazardous material

Does CBDS support shipping Dangerous Goods (DG)?

CBDS supports shipping of the following Dangerous Goods:

  • CBDS supports shipping the following batteries. The batteries must be packaged in a manufacturer packaging with a strong rigid outer carton:

    • Lithium Ion (UN3481) batteries/cells contained in equipment (PI967/PI970)
    • Lithium Ion (UN3481) batteries/cells contained with equipment (PI966/PI969)
    • Metal (UN3091) batteries/cells contained in equipment (PI967/PI970)
    • Metal (UN3091) batteries/cells contained with equipment (PI966/PI969)

    CBDS does not support the shipping of Lithium Metal ALONE (UN3090) or Lithium Ion ALONE (UN3480) batteries.

  • Shipments to Canada Only: For shipment from the U.S. to Canada, CBDS supports shipping dangerous goods that meet the requirements for an ID8000 Consumer Commodity. To meet the requirements, the parcel’s inner packaging must not exceed:

    • 500 mL for liquids
    • 500 grams for solids


    ID8000 commodities are support to Canada only.

How does CBDS handle the Australia Goods and Services Tax (GST)?

For shipments up to and including AUD 1,000, the merchant must pay the GST directly to the Australian Tax Office. This is known as the Vendor Collection Model.

Shipments up to and including AUD 1,000 do not incur duties. For shipments above AUD 1,000, Pitney Bowes bills the merchant for the duties and taxes that were applied. For more information on the GST, please refer to the Australian Tax Office’s website: https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/GST/.

How do I identify a HAZMAT-flagged item?

When you quote or ship a HAZMAT-flagged item, enter the applicable HAZMAT classifications in the hazmats array in the customs.customsItems object. Enter any of the following that apply:

  • hazmat: Item contains hazardous materials that are fully regulated by the D.O.T.
  • ormd: Other Regulated Materials for Domestic Transport only (ORM-D), meaning that the item contains hazardous material in a limited quantity that presents a limited hazard during transportation as defined by D.O.T. regulations.
  • chemicalindicator: Any product that contains a powder, gel, paste, or liquid that is not intended for human consumption.
  • pesticideindicator: Any chemical that is advertised or labeled to kill, repel or prevent growth of any living organism.
  • aerosolindicator: Any product that contains a compressed gas or propellant.
  • rppcindicator: Rigid plastic packaging container.
  • batterytype-{X}: The battery-type indicator, where {X} is one of the following:
    • alkaline
    • carbon zinc
    • lead acid
    • lithium
    • primary
    • lithium ion
    • magnesium mercury
    • nickel cadmium
    • silver
    • thermal
    • multiple types of nickel metal hydride
    • other
  • nonspillablebattery: Item contains a D.O.T. regulated battery that must be indicated on the shipping box with non-spillable battery text.
  • fuelrestriction: Product is an empty container that may be filled with fluids such as fuel, CO2, propane, etc.