Zonos restrict



Learn how Restrict works.

Zonos Restrict enables users to verify if any items that are being shipped are restricted from export or import by the destination country. Items are restricted for import or export based on the regulations put in place by government agencies. Parties that violate these restrictions can be subject to financial penalties. Our API takes HS Codes and country data for items being shipped and will flag any prohibitions, restrictions, or observations associated with those items in the shipment.

How to use Restrict 

You can use Restrict to ensure that items being shipped are not subject to any export or import controls. Will return any prohibitions, restrictions, or observations that apply to the items. To do this, use Restrict to Check for export and import controls based on HS code

Features and limitations of Restrict

  • Restrictions will apply only to the following HS code makeups:

    • Chapter, universal 6-digit, and country-specific HS Codes

    • We will return matches for submissions of 6, 8, or 10-digit HS codes.

      • If we have matches at the 8 or 10-digit HS level, we will return those matches only.
      • If no matches are found at the country HS level, we will return results for the 6-digit HS code (if applicable).
  • API will respond with review if an eligible restriction was found and a blank response if no restriction was found.

  • Customers will be able to query restrictions based on the following:

    • HS Code
    • Country of Origin
    • Ship From
    • Ship To
  • Restrict does not flag items based on description or service level.

  • Restrict does not take into account merchant restrictions where a customer may want to prevent shipments to a country for any reason.

Note: Zonos Restrict works for API integrations, but is not currently available for plugins.


Zonos Restrict uses third parties to source information on restricted HS codes and other possible restricted information; however, there are restrictions where an HS code is not sufficient and may require description-level keywords. For example, if a shoe, pants, shirt, or hat is camouflage and going to Barbados, the keyword “camouflage” will be caught and restricted, even though the HS code is not restricted. The Zonos Decoder team also sources information directly from carriers and some country websites. Zonos is continually working on our keyword matches beyond HS code matches to improve our restriction services.

Supported countries 

We pull data about prohbitions and restrictions by using a combination of automated and manual processes that ensure that we use the most up to date information possible. Below is a list of all countries we check for restrictions and the types of restriction data we have available.

CountryControl type
🇦🇩 AndorraExport and import
🇦🇪 United Arab EmiratesExport and import
🇦🇫 AfghanistanImport only
🇦🇬 Antigua and BarbudaImport only
🇦🇮 AnguillaImport only
🇦🇱 AlbaniaImport only
🇦🇲 ArmeniaExport and import
🇦🇴 AngolaImport only
🇦🇷 ArgentinaExport and import
🇦🇹 AustriaExport and import
🇦🇺 AustraliaExport and import
🇦🇼 ArubaImport only
🇦🇽 Åland IslandsExport and import
🇦🇿 AzerbaijanExport and import
🇧🇦 Bosnia and HerzegovinaExport and import
🇧🇩 BangladeshImport only
🇧🇪 BelgiumExport and import
🇧🇫 Burkina FasoImport only
🇧🇬 BulgariaExport and import
🇧🇭 BahrainExport and import
🇧🇮 BurundiImport only
🇧🇯 BeninImport only
🇧🇲 BermudaExport and import
🇧🇳 BruneiExport and import
🇧🇴 BoliviaExport and import
🇧🇶 Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaImport only
🇧🇷 BrazilExport and import
🇧🇸 BahamasImport only
🇧🇹 BotswanaImport only
🇧🇻 Bouvet IslandExport and import
🇧🇼 BelizeExport and import
🇧🇾 BelarusExport and import
🇨🇦 CanadaImport only
🇨🇩 DR CongoImport only
🇨🇫 Central African RepublicImport only
🇨🇬 Republic of the CongoImport only
🇨🇭 SwitzerlandExport and import
🇨🇮 Ivory CoastImport only
🇨🇰 Cook IslandsImport only
🇨🇱 ChileExport and import
🇨🇲 CameroonImport only
🇨🇳 ChinaExport and import
🇨🇴 ColombiaExport and import
🇨🇷 Costa RicaExport and import
🇨🇺 CubaExport and import
🇨🇻 Cape VerdeImport only
🇨🇽 Northern Mariana IslandsExport and import
🇨🇿 CzechiaExport and import
🇩🇪 GermanyExport and import
🇩🇯 DjiboutiImport only
🇩🇰 DenmarkExport and import
🇩🇲 DominicaImport only
🇩🇴 Dominican RepublicExport and import
🇩🇿 AlgeriaExport and import
🇪🇨 EcuadorExport and import
🇪🇪 EstoniaExport and import
🇪🇬 EgyptExport and import
🇪🇷 EritreaImport only
🇪🇸 SpainExport and import
🇪🇹 EthiopiaImport only
🇫🇮 FinlandExport and import
🇫🇯 FijiImport only
🇫🇰 Falkland IslandsImport only
🇫🇴 Faroe IslandsExport and import
🇫🇷 FranceExport and import
🇬🇦 GabonImport only
🇬🇧 United KingdomExport and import
🇬🇩 GrenadaImport only
🇬🇪 GeorgiaExport and import
🇬🇫 French GuianaExport and import
🇬🇬 GuernseyExport and import
🇬🇭 GhanaImport only
🇬🇮 GibraltarImport only
🇬🇲 GambiaImport only
🇬🇳 GuineaImport only
🇬🇵 GuadeloupeExport and import
🇬🇷 GreeceExport and import
🇬🇹 GuatemalaExport and import
🇬🇼 Guinea-BissauImport only
🇬🇾 GuyanaImport only
🇭🇰 Hong KongImport only
🇭🇳 HondurasExport and import
🇭🇷 CroatiaExport and import
🇭🇹 HaitiImport only
🇭🇺 HungaryExport and import
🇮🇨 Canary IslandsExport and import
🇮🇩 IndonesiaExport and import
🇮🇪 IrelandExport and import
🇮🇱 IsraelExport and import
🇮🇲 Isle of ManExport and import
🇮🇳 IndiaExport and import
🇮🇶 IraqImport only
🇮🇷 IranExport and import
🇮🇸 IcelandImport only
🇮🇹 ItalyExport and import
🇯🇪 JerseyExport only
🇯🇲 JamaicaExport and import
🇯🇴 JordanImport only
🇯🇵 JapanExport and import
🇱🇷 LiberiaImport only
🇰🇪 KenyaExport and import
🇰🇬 KyrgyzstanExport and import
🇰🇭 CambodiaImport only
🇰🇮 KiribatiImport only
🇰🇲 ComorosImport only
🇰🇵 North KoreaImport only
🇰🇷 South KoreaExport and import
🇰🇼 KuwaitExport and import
🇰🇾 Cayman IslandsExport and import
🇰🇿 KazakhstanExport and import
🇱🇦 LaosExport and import
🇱🇧 LebanonExport and import
🇱🇨 Saint LuciaImport only
🇱🇮 LiechtensteinExport and import
🇱🇰 Sri LankaExport and import
🇱🇷 LiberiaImport only
🇱🇸 LesothoImport only
🇱🇹 LithuaniaExport and import
🇱🇺 LuxembourgExport and import
🇱🇻 LatviaExport and import
🇱🇾 LibyaImport only
🇲🇦 MoroccoExport and import
🇲🇨 MonacoExport and import
🇲🇩 MoldovaExport and import
🇲🇪 MontenegroExport and import
🇲🇬 MadagascarExport and import
🇲🇰 North MacedoniaExport and import
🇲🇱 MaliImport only
🇲🇲 MyanmarExport and import
🇲🇳 MongoliaExport and import
🇲🇴 MacauExport and import
🇲🇶 MartiniqueExport and import
🇲🇷 MauritaniaImport only
🇲🇸 MontserratImport only
🇲🇹 MaltaExport and import
🇲🇺 MauritiusExport and import
🇲🇻 MaldivesImport only
🇲🇼 MalawiImport only
🇲🇽 MexicoExport and import
🇲🇾 MalaysiaImport only
🇲🇿 MozambiqueImport only
🇳🇦 NamibiaExport and import
🇳🇨 New CaledoniaImport only
🇳🇪 NigerExport and import
🇳🇮 NicaraguaExport and import
🇳🇱 NetherlandsExport and import
🇳🇴 NorwayExport and import
🇳🇵 NepalExport and import
🇳🇷 NauruExport and import
🇳🇺 NiueExport and import
🇳🇿 New ZealandExport and import
🇴🇲 OmanExport and import
🇵🇦 PanamaImport only
🇵🇪 PeruExport and import
🇵🇫 French PolynesiaExport and import
🇵🇬 Papua New GuineaExport and import
🇵🇭 PhilippinesExport and import
🇵🇰 PakistanExport and import
🇵🇱 PolandExport and import
🇵🇲 Saint Pierre and MiquelonImport only
🇵🇳 Pitcairn IslandsImport only
🇵🇷 Puerto RicoExport and import
🇵🇸 PalestineImport only
🇵🇹 PortugalExport and import
🇵🇼 PalauExport and import
🇵🇾 ParaguayImport only
🇶🇦 QatarExport and import
🇷🇪 RéunionExport and import
🇷🇴 RomaniaExport and import
🇷🇸 SerbiaExport and import
🇷🇺 RussiaExport and import
🇷🇼 RwandaImport only
🇸🇦 Saudi ArabiaExport and import
🇸🇧 Solomon IslandsImport only
🇸🇨 SeychellesImport only
🇸🇩 SudanImport only
🇸🇪 SwedenExport and import
🇸🇬 SingaporeExport and import
🇸🇭 Saint HelenaImport only
🇸🇮 SloveniaExport and import
🇸🇰 SlovakiaExport and import
🇸🇱 Sierra LeoneImport only
🇸🇲 San MarinoExport and import
🇸🇳 SenegalImport only
🇸🇴 SomaliaImport only
🇸🇷 SurinameImport only
🇸🇸 South SudanImport only
🇸🇹 São Tomé and PríncipeExport and import
🇸🇻 El SalvadorExport and import
🇸🇾 SyriaImport only
🇸🇿 EswatiniImport only
🇹🇨 Turks and Caicos IslandsImport only
🇹🇩 ChadImport only
🇹🇬 TogoImport only
🇹🇭 ThailandExport and import
🇹🇯 TajikistanExport and import
🇹🇱 Timor-LesteExport and import
🇹🇲 TurkmenistanImport only
🇹🇳 TunisiaExport and import
🇹🇴 TongaImport only
🇹🇷 TurkeyExport and import
🇹🇹 Trinidad and TobagoImport only
🇹🇼 TaiwanExport and import
🇹🇿 TanzaniaImport only
🇺🇦 UkraineExport and import
🇺🇬 UgandaImport only
🇺🇲 United StatesExport and import
🇺🇾 UruguayExport and import
🇺🇿 UzbekistanExport and import
🇻🇦 Vatican CityImport only
🇻🇨 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesImport only
🇻🇪 VenezuelaExport and import
🇻🇬 British Virgin IslandsImport only
🇻🇳 VietnamExport and import
🇻🇺 VanuatuExport and import
🇼🇫 Wallis and FutunaImport only
🇼🇸 SamoaExport and import
🇽🇰 KosovoImport only
🇾🇪 YemenExport and import
🇾🇹 MayotteExport and import
🇿🇦 South AfricaExport and import
🇿🇲 ZambiaExport and import
🇿🇼 ZimbabweExport and import

Frequently asked questions 

How does Zonos source information on restrictions and prohibited items?

Zonos uses data from a variety of sources to manage the restrictions and prhibited items, including government websites, trade organizations, and more. We also have a Decoder team dedicated to managing global trade and staying up to date on the latest industry information.

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