Here Are All The Things You Can't Mail Into Australia [Infographic]

Every year, around 80,000 international letters and parcels are intercepted by Australia's border protection force for being "high risk". While some items are prohibited for obvious reasons, others are less clear, especially if you're not clued into our strict biosecurity legislation. This infographic covers what you need to know.

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Whether you're an Australian ordering something online or a foreigner mailing something into the country, there are a plethora of rules you absolutely must follow to ensure your goods are actually allowed into the country. Simply put, most flora and fauna is out, including but not limited to cured meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, plants, soil, seeds and nuts, laboratory material and live animals. Failure to comply can result in stiff fines.

This infographic from breaks down the main rules you need to know about, along with tips for anyone planning to mail stuff to our shores:



    So mailing people is perfectly legal?

    Drugs also. I'm going to start my own logistics company now.

    Last edited 11/07/16 3:18 pm

    that info graphic was terrible, i did not see 'bomb' or 'weapon' or 'knife' once on the picture, its more like 'stuff you CAN bring into aus'

      The infographic is talking about things you can *mail* to Australia. I don't think mailing knives to Australia is a problem. Bringing it with you on an airplane is a different story.

        you can get in trouble, its called importing arms...
        my court summons via customs for trying to import deadly weapons (naruto kunai) will prove that :P

        and on ebay, those international sellers always list 'available for postage to Australia' because they CAN send it, you just cant receive it...

        Last edited 11/07/16 6:17 pm

    Things you should not mail to Australia;
    1) Tactical thermonuclear weapons (because we're nuclear free according to a bumper sticker I saw)
    2) Anthrax (even if you put the bottle of spores in a ziplock bag for added safety)
    3) Tarantulas. (isn't it bad enough already that we have Huntsman spiders?)
    4) Orphans, especially not by surface mail (I know it's cheaper than airmail, but just don't, OK?)

    As someone who may or may not work for Auspost... I mean, a nondisclosed large Australian Postal company, some tips I can offer.
    1 - Don't send money in cards, especially in colorful envelopes. They stick out, and get stolen all the time
    2 - Keep your receipt, or the label on the prepaid satchels, it has your tracking number, and it's the only way to find your parcel.
    3 - Pay the extra $2.95 for a signature on delivery, or your parcel can just be left at the front door, and they tend to get stolen. A lot.
    4 - If you want to track a parcel, and you have a tracking number, use the website. Sitting on hold for 5min so I can tell you what you could have look at yourself in 10 secs wastes both our time. And if it says in transit, and hasn't been updated for a couple of days, it's not still at the place it was scanned at, it's in transit from there to it's next destination. Explaining that 30 times a day gets old

    Last edited 11/07/16 11:24 pm

    Mark it as fruit and vegetables and send it in a container from China. No problems then

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