Prohibited and Restricted Imports

This information is provided as a guide and you should contact the Australian Customs Service for definitive rulings. This page relates just to the Australian Customs Service. The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) has separate requirements

Prohibited Imports

These items may not be imported under any circumstances. This list is surprisingly small but includes such things as dangerous dog breeds, diamonds from the Ivory Coast, human embryos and devices used for assisted suicide.

Restricted Imports

This list is much longer and contains items that may be imported under certain circumstances but approval is required. We recommend you have the necessary import approval before your shipment departs because it may take several weeks to obtain the necessary authority once your shipment arrives in Australia and you will be hit with storage charges while you wait.

  • Drugs and Medications. All drugs including anabolic or adrogenic medications, ketamine, growth hormones, narcotics and drugs of addiction. Note that the exemption allowing you to bring in up to three months supply of a drug that has been prescribed for you by a registered doctor only applies to luggage carried with you and does not apply to unaccompanied baggage.
  • Cultural Icons. Anything carrying an image of the Australian Flag, Coat of Arms, Olympic symbol, the word “ANZAC”, or royal insignia.
  • Cat or Dog Fur. Includes products made from cat or dog fur.
  • Weapons. Including explosives, chemical weapons, crowd control devices, anti-personnel sprays, law enforcement devices, firearms, ammunition, knives and daggers.
  • Chewing Tobacco or Snuff
  • Cultural Heritage Items. Objects created or collected on religious or secular grounds because of their importance with regard to archaeology, prehistory, history, literature, art or science. While they may not necessarily be prohibited imports to Australia they are likely to be prohibited exports from the country of origin and will be seized unless appropriate approvals have been given.
  • Rough diamonds. Also known as Kimberley process, conflict or blood diamonds.
  • Fish and Marine Animals and their products. Any fish or marine animal caught outside Australia’s fishing zone, whether live, processed, frozen etc.
  • Hazardous objects. This is a very diverse group and ranges from novelty erasers that resemble food products, through toys with excessive lead in the paint, ceramics
  • with lead-based glaze, Asbestos products, laser pointers to insect zappers that have inadequate protection against human electrocution. See the Customs website for more information
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Hydroflurocarbons (air conditioning or refrigerant gas). Any air conditioners in cars, caravans, boats etc. needs to have a compliance statement.
  • Ozone-depleting gases or chemicals
  • Pesticides and Hazardous Chemicals
  • Pornography, Hateful or Objectionable Material
  • Radioactive substances
  • Tablet presses

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