I am surprised to learn about items that cannot be legally shipped to certain countries.
- Bulgaria: musical greeting cards
- Canada: margarine and substitute butters
- France: saccharin in any form
- Haiti: jewelry
- Italy: bells and musical instruments (or even parts of them)
- Spain, Madagascar, and Thailand: decks of playing cards
- Vietnam: mosquito nets
I suspect that the basis for some of these laws lies far enough in the past to be unknown to most living people… not unlike the 1920s-era Jones Act that requires all goods shipped within the United States be transported by American-made and American-manned ships. Hmmmm… seems like an unfair burden to place on Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and all of the U.S. Possessions, eh?