4 Important Things You Should Know While Importing Goods To Australia

The quarantine inspection process has been designed to protect Australian flora and fauna from infectious pests and other organisms from other countries.

Plant materials, foods and animal products from foreign countries including several common souvenirs can bring some of the most dangerous diseases and pests to Australia that may destroy the valuable tourism and agriculture industries and the unique environment here.

Because of this, Australia has very strict quarantine rules. You should declare all your goods of plant or animal origin, and you are not permitted to bring fresh vegetables or fruits to the country. If you are concerned about any items which you want to bring to Australia, you will have to declare them.

For more information on how to ship goods to Australia, visit Marine and Auto Depot website.

If you were snacking in the plane, any leftovers should be placed in the amnesty quarantine bins placed on the way towards the luggage collection bay or in the arrival area.

Unaccompanied goods, such as your household effects, may be levied tax/duty if you have not owned and used them for 12 months or more before shipment. Brand new goods are liable to the payment of tax/duty.

1. Declare Your Goods on Arrival

You should declare all plant materials, food and animal products for inspection on arrival to Australia to make sure they don’t contain any diseases and pests.

Some goods may need treatment to make them safe using quarantine cleaning services from Marine and Auto Depot, for example.

Other goods that have a potential risk of carrying diseases and pests will be seized and destroyed by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS). You can throw away such high-risk goods in quarantine bins available in the airport terminal. If you are not sure, inquire with a Quarantine officer.

2. Quarantine – Forbidden Goods into Australia

While importing any items into Australia, any foods should not be included. Also, all traces of soil and other foreign matters should be cleaned from goods like lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners, garden tools, wheelbarrows, golf clubs, etc. before packing them for shipment.

The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) has a high level of physical examinations of incoming consignments in Australia of household and personal effects.

A fee is applied by the AQIS for services accordingly which is recovered from the importer upon arrival of their goods in Australia. Fumigation and other treatments will attract a fee too.

To get your goods cleared through Australian Customs, you will have to fill out a B534 Customs Form and provide a Xerox copy of all the stamped pages of your passport. You can do this either in Australia or at your starting point.

3. Forbidden Goods to Declare

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Plant products
  • Animal products
  • Food
  • Vegetables and dried fruits
  • Spices and herbs
  • Cakes, biscuits and confectionery
  • Rice and noodles
  • Coffees, teas and milk-based beverages
  • Cane, bamboo or rattan basket ware and mats
  • Fresh flowers and leis
  • Dried flower arrangements
  • Shells or corals
  • Pine cones and potpourri
  • Stuffed animals
  • Bones, feathers, tusks and horns
  • Wool
  • Animal equipment
  • Bee products
  • Camping and sporting equipment
  • Forbidden Goods
  • Eggs, dairy and egg products
  • Live animals
  • Meat and meat products
  • Live plants
  • Handicrafts and souvenirs containing or made from seeds
  • Biological materials
  • Salmon and trout products
  • Soil and sand
  • Deer horn/velvet
  • Edible birds’ nest

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4. Spirits and Liquors

If you are planning to import any type of alcohol, you will have to provide an inventory to the Australian Customs Service. Keep in mind that importing alcohol can be very expensive in Australia, as charges can go around 50% of the declared worth of wine and up to 150% of any hard liquor.

Understand these rules and regulations so that you can import your desired goods to Australia without having to face any complications.