Whilst most imports bans make a whole lot of sense when it comes to things like weapons and drugs. Other import bans can be a little harder to understand and come across as somewhat bizarre. Below are a few of the bizarre import bans from around the globe.

Chewing Gum Is Not Allowed in Singapore

People who are found to be with chewing gum face fines of up to $100,000 (SGD) and a prison sentence.

Banned Baby Walkers in Canada

Canadians caught with baby walkers or caught selling baby walkers can face fines up to $100,000 (CAD).

Haggis Banned in The United States

Since 1971 haggis is illegal to import in the US. Sheep’s lungs, a key ingredient of haggis is banned by America’s food standards agency.

Lightbulbs in Australia and Cuba

Incandescent lightbulbs are banned in Australia after a law was passed in 2007. Similarly, Cuba banned all import of the lightbulbs in 2005.

Fancy Dress Masks in Saudi Arabia

Due to the movie ‘V’ for Vendetta Saudi Arabia in 2013 have banned Guy Fawkes’ masks. The mask became a popular way for protesters to protest and retain their anonymity.


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