Anyway, one of today’s New Things is What You Cannot Mail To Italy. I don’t always remember to check for prohibitions, as most of the time we’re just shipping books. But this time, I clicked on the “Restrictions for Italy” link while calculating postage.
Many items weren’t surprising, like “Radioactive Materials” and “Human Remains.” It seems quite reasonable that Italians don’t want to be receiving human remains in the mail from America. (They probably say “Maledizione! Abbiamo ricevuto ancora il remains umano nella posta dall'America!”) But some of the items... well, here are some of the ones I found most curious:
- Clocks and supplies for clocks.
- Footwear of any kind.
- Toys not made wholly of wood.
- Playing cards of any kind.
- Ribbons for typewriters.
To see the list for yourself, click here.