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Zonos Restrict

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 

Restrict can be used to do the following:

  1. Check for export and import controls based on HS code

    • Used 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.

Features and limitations of the 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).
      • If an HS code is passed at the 6, 8, or 10 level and no restrictions are found, but restrictions exist at the 2 level, those will be returned.
  • 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.

Distinctions between prohibitions, restrictions, and observations 


Prohibitions represent any item that can under no circumstances be shipped to a given country. Example below:

The importation of the following breeds of dogs is prohibited Akita, American Bulldog, American Pitbull terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Argentine mastiff (Dogo Argentino), Aryan Molossus, Australian Dingo, Boerboel, Brazilian mastiff (Fila Brasileiro), Bull Terrier & Miniature Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Cane Corso, Danish Broholmer, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa (Tosa Inu), Mastiff, Neopolitan Mastiff, Perro de Presa Canario, Perro de Presa Mallorquin, Rottweiler, Tibetan Mastiff, Wolf & Wolf Hybrid, All types of crossbreeds of the above mentioned dogs. 13 January 2004


Restrictions represent any item that can be sent to a given country as long as certain conditions are met. Example below:

The Ministry of Economic Development Trade, Industry & Commerce, through the Statutory Instrument 2001, No. 23. Resolves: The import without a license of pharmaceuticals is prohibited unless the goods are imported from a member country of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) or from the Caribbean Common Market (CARICOM). Published on the Customs and Excise Division website.


Observations are guidelines for shipments that will be returned when shipments match the criteria listed in the observation itself. These observations can be straightforward or nuanced depending on the country. Example below:

The Canada Border Service sets this notice to help inform the commercial importing community of the tariff classification number and other potentially useful information for the importation of certain medical supplies. This HS is part of the list of medical supplies for COVID-19 based on HS codes provided by the World Customs Organization has been identified by tariff classification under Canada’ Attribution for Twitter Emojis: ©️ Twitter, Inc.s Customs Tariff. Importers add the term ‘URGENT – COVID-19’ Attribution for Twitter Emojis: ©️ Twitter, Inc. for goods description in release information submitted to the CBSA for all medical devices being imported to Canada for this purpose. Product Name: Protective Garments and the Like - Other garments, knitted or crocheted Customs Notice 20-12 March 31, 2020.