As Australia is an island, they make a massive effort to protect their natural environment from diseases and pests that might come from other places around the world. For this reason, Australia restricts the import of certain goods and packaging materials that would not be problematic for other destinations.
Please bear in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of everything that is prohibited or restricted for import to Australia. To see the entire list, see Australia’s Border Agency Restricted Items.
There are also some common gift items that are often sent to Australia in the holiday periods – such as Christmas – which you should know are banned. If you plan to send a gift like a hamper, they may not contain:
There are a couple of packaging options to avoid when sending to Australia to make sure there aren’t any problems clearing customs:
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