What can I send to Australia in a parcel? Good question, as an island nation, Australia has incredibly strict controls in place to ensure that no harm comes to the unique and indigenous environment in the country. Food, plant and animal products can potentially harm the natural environment in the country, which is why it is important to check the current regulations before you send anything to Australia. At Fox’s Pacier Sprints, we have put together a list of items you can and cannot send to Australia so that you can send parcels with confidence.
The Don’ts of Sending Parcels to Australia
When it comes to sending goods to Australia, a general rule of thumb is not to send any perishable goods. While this only scratches the surface, it will help you to rule out a number of items.
Additionally, do not send items in a box or crate which has previously held fruit, veg or meat, as it may be contaminated. To be safe, we recommend using a brand new box, not only will this be uncontaminated, but it will also be sturdy enough for the long journey to Australia.
For fragile items, you should always add additional padding, however, when sending to Australia, do not use straw or other natural materials. Instead, use the something like polystyrene packing peanuts.
If you are sending footwear, camping or sports equipment, ensure that they have been properly cleaned with no dirt, seeds or natural materials which may be rejected by Australian customs.
Items to avoid sending include:
- All un-canned meat; fresh, dried, frozen, cooked, smoked, salted or preserved.
- Packaged meals that contain meat (including noodles).
- Mooncakes with meat in them.
- Remedies and medicines containing animal material.
- Pet food; canned, dried and supplements.
- Cheese, milk, butter and other dairy products (special conditions may apply).
- Packaged meals and foods with more than 10% dairy or egg; whole, dried and powdered. Examples include cake mix, salad dressing and mayonnaise.
- Cakes with egg in them.
- Fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Dried fruit and vegetables that include seeds and/or fruit peel
What Can I Send to Australia in a Parcel?
If the items are not on the above list, you should be able to safely send your parcel to Australia. However, you should always check the up to date Australian customs website to ensure that your parcel will reach its final destination. Also, make sure that you properly declare the items in the parcel to ensure a smooth delivery.