AQIS is Australia’s first line of defence, protecting our unique environment against exotic pests and diseases. They inspect incoming luggage, cargo, mail, animals and plants and their products, and provide inspection and certification for a range of exports.
Quarantine restrictions apply to many raw foods and certain processed foods brought either by air freight, sea freight or carried as personal hand luggage to Australia.
The following items are prohibited:
- eggs and egg products
- dairy products
- uncanned meat
- seeds and nuts
- fresh fruit and vegetables
Quarantine of personal effects and household goods.
Personal effects and household goods include furniture, carpets and rugs, crockery, cutlery and kitchen appliances, food, shoes and clothing, books, garden tools, lawn mowers, bicycles, vacuum cleaners, dried flower arrangements, Christmas decorations (including pine cones), souvenirs and a range of other personal or household items. These items might be transported to Australia by a returning resident or a new resident of Australia as unaccompanied sea or air freight.
Why is Quarantine interested in these items?
Australia’s unique environment and important agricultural industries are free from many pests and diseases found in other parts of the world – but the movement of personal effects is one way these could be introduced. For example, outdoor furniture could harbour timber pests or be contaminated with soil or exotic weed seeds, while animal products such as meat, eggs, milk or cheese could contain diseases that could be transmitted to humans and other animals. AQIS – the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service – works to protect Australia’s natural and economic assets from these risks while facilitating the international movement of people and goods. Because of these risks you must advise AQIS of specific items in your consignment. If necessary, AQIS will undertake an inspection of your goods, treat items that could contain pests or diseases, or seize and destroy prohibited items. You may also choose to re-export items of value.
Common items of quarantine concern include:
Wooden items, Soil on garden tools, Carpets, Dried flowers, Skins, Toys containing cotton waste, sand, straw or water, Food, Vacuum cleaners with un-emptied dust bags, Christmas decorations, Seeds, Feathers, Equipment used with horses or other animals.