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Customs Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to declare on my passenger travel card?
Generally speaking, the following must be declared:
- Goods that may be prohibited or subject to restrictions, such as medicines, steroids, firearms, weapons of any kind and illicit drugs.
- Any alcohol above the 2.25 litres limit.
- Any tobacco products or cigars over the limit of 50 grams, or 50 cigarettes.
- Overseas/ duty free goods with a combined total price of more than AU$900, including gifts.
- Goods or samples for business or commercial use.
- Currency of AU$10,000 or more.
- Food of any kind, traditional medicines or herbs.
- Plants, parts of plants, wooden articles, seeds, bulbs, straw, nuts and any animals or animal material.
- Soil or articles with soil attached.
For more information on what the duty free limits are, visit the Customs website.
What foodstuffs can I not take into Australia?
Foods that are prohibited unless accompanied by a valid Import Permit include beans, peas, cereal seeds, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, uncanned meat and all pork products, milk, popping corn, raw unroasted nuts, whole salmon and trout. Live animals, plants, biological materials, straw, raw wool, soil and sand are similarly prohibited. Pine cones, potpourri and straw objects must be treated and in some cases there may be a treatment cost.
All other foods including cakes, honey and seafood will be subject to inspection.
The Quarantine Enquiry Line for specific guidance is: (00612) 8334 7444 or you can link through to the AQIS website, where you will find the ICON database. This database allows you to search for the importation eligibility of thousands of different products.
The also have several PDF files, 'What Can't I Take to Australia?' and 'What Can't I Mail to Australia?'
What can I take into Australia if I'm moving there permanently?
If you are relocating your entire household a professional packer or shipper will advise you of regulations. Generally no duties are payable on personal effects, though individuals should be aware of rules governing alcohol and items purchased in the 12 months prior to migrating. Wooden items, including furniture, will be inspected on arrival in Australia and may need to be treated.
Can I take my cat or dog into Australia?
Some breeds are ineligible for importation to Australia - a list is available at the AQIS website. Otherwise you do not require an Import Permit for your pet but the animal must be accompanied by a Veterinarian's certificate and a Statutory Declaration as to its history. If all procedures are correctly followed there is normally no quarantine period. Full details are provided by AQIS.
What do I need to do to take my car or motorbike into Australia?
Importing a motor vehicle involves careful consideration of regulations administered by the Australian Customs Service and the Federal Office of Road Safety. The High Commission or Consulate-General can provide copies of the relevant sets of papers on request or you can access these via the links listed below. Vehicle owners also need to factor in advice from shipping agents as to other costs.
Specific information on importing a motor vehicle into Australia is available at www.customs.gov.au and www.dotars.gov.au Please note that the regulations for importing a vehicle extended the qualifying period of continuous ownership and use of a vehicle from 3 months to 12 months.
Can I take medicinal products into Australia?
It is advisable to have a letter or a prescription from your doctor or practitioner describing the medication and your medical condtion. Some medicinal products may require an import permit or quarantine clearance. See the information at the TGA website.