Anyone entering Australia or bringing goods into Australia, must be aware of its strict quarantine regulations. Quarantine helps protect Australia. Food, plant material and animal products from overseas – including many common souvenirs could introduce serious pests and diseases.
When your goods enter Australia, Quarantine will treat your consignment as a high risk. For this reason 100% of all personal effects are subject to mandatory Quarantine Inspection.
Quarantine will check for live insects such as spiders and borer insects as well as soil and dirt contamination. The soil on a simple pair of sneakers may contain bacteria or disease which could wipe out Australian Crops. Make sure all your sporting, camping and garden equipment are spotlessly clean.
A representative from Overseas Packers & Shippers will be present during the entire inspection process to assist the Quarantine Officer with their inspection. Your items will be treated and handled with care as they are unpacked, inspected and repacked in the presence of an Australian Quarantine Inspection Services Officer.
Any goods which fail Quarantine inspection will be seized. Your assigned Imports Coordinator will then contact you in this regard to provide all options offered by Quarantine. These may include but not be limited by:
Most of these options will be done directly in our approved Quarantine wash bay and fumigation area. There are additional costs for these treatments which will be advised at the time by your Imports Coordinator. The cost varies depending on the treatment and size.
The list below can be used as a guide when deciding if you can bring various items into Australia. To find out more click on the following link Australian Quarantine.
Prohibited Products – Prohibited unless accompanied by a valid Import Permit. Contact Australian Quarantine and
Inspection Service for advice about importing these products
Must Be Treated – In some cases there may be a treatment cost
Inspection Required – will be inspected and treated if necessary. Some items in this class may be prohibited
|BEANS, PEAS, CEREAL SEEDS includes handicrafts and souvenirs that contain or are made from these seeds|
|BISCUITS, CAKES, CONFECTIONERY includes chocolate, sweets, crisps, roasted nuts, pretzels|
|EGGS includes whole, dried, powdered and uncooked egg products|
|FRUIT and VEGETABLES – FRESH (cooked, dried, frozen, canned or bottled are allowed)|
|FRUIT and VEGETABLES – DRIED includes mushrooms, citrus peel or dried banana|
|HONEY includes royal jelly and propolis|
|BEE PRODUCTS includes honey comb and beeswax|
|MEAT- UNCANNED and ALL PORK PRODUCTS includes fresh, dried, frozen, smoked or salted|
|MILK and MILK PRODUCTS includes all products that contain milk ingredients (NZ dairy products and up to 1kg of baby formula per infant are allowed)|
|OTHER FOODS includes herbs and spices, breakfast cereals, Vegemite, flour, roasted coffee beans, jam, nutritional/dietary supplements|
|POPPING CORN, RAW UNROASTED NUTS includes raw peanuts, chestnuts (NZ chestnuts are allowed)|
|SALMON AND TROUT PRODUCTS ask about special import conditions|
|TEAS, COFFEE, KAVA, JUICE and OTHER DRINKS containing milk and/or eggs are prohibited|
|ANIMALS – LIVE includes birds, birds’ eggs, fish, reptiles and insects|
|ANIMALS – STUFFED (some may be prohibited by environmental laws) must be prepared by a taxidermist and have a certificate|
|BONES, HORNS, FEATHERS, SEASHELLS must be clean and free of blood, skin, faeces or soil|
|RAWHIDE includes rawhide drums, shields, other artifacts|
|SKINS, HIDES must be professionally tanned or cured (some may be prohibited by environmental laws)|
|WOOL, ANIMAL HAIR wool must be scoured and hair cleaned|
|FLOWERS – FRESH and LEIS (flowers that may be propagated – for example, roses, carnations and chrysanthemums – are prohibited)|
|FLOWERS – DRIED arrangements containing grape vine, pine cones, cereal/grain seeds, straw will be treated|
|HANDICRAFTS and CURIOS includes carvings, items woven from palm fronds or leaves (banana leaf items are prohibited)|
|PINE CONES includes wreaths, decorations and dried arrangements|
|PLANTS – LIVE includes cuttings, roots, bulbs, corms, rhizomes and stems|
|SEEDS small commercial packets, seed ornaments, necklaces (beans, corn and lettuce are prohibited)|
|STRAW OBJECTS includes corn dollies, wreaths and cereal grain decorations|
|WOODWARE, BAMBOO includes coconut carvings, cane baskets|
|ANIMAL EQUIPMENT – USED includes saddles, bridles, bird cages, grooming and veterinary equipment|
|BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS includes human & animal vaccines, veterinary therapeutics|
|HERBAL MEDICINES/REMEDIES (some may require a Permit)|
|PACKING MATERIAL/STUFFING includes fruit cartons, straw, raw cotton and raw wool (most other packing material is allowed)|
|SOIL, SAND includes items filled with soil or sand|
|THERAPEUTIC MEDICINES (some may require a Permit)|
|VITAMIN/MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS, NUTRITIONAL/DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS (some may require a Permit)|