People who intend to buy goods from overseas via the internet or while travelling, need to be aware of Customs import regulations to ensure their gifts make it under the tree this Christmas.
As the gift giving and holiday season approaches, Customs is urging all Australians to be aware of the types of goods that cannot be brought or mailed into Australia.
National Director Cargo, Jaclyne Fisher, said it is important for Australians to know what goods cannot be brought into Australia when buying Christmas gifts online from international websites.
“When shopping online, remember to check the import regulations for the item you are buying before you purchase it. While many websites may claim that certain items can be brought into Australia, this information is not always correct, so it is important that you check with Customs before you make your purchase,” Ms Fisher said.
“Customs screen 100 per cent of international mail so if your package contains prohibited items it is highly likely it will be detected by Customs and your gift will not arrive for Christmas.”
Ms Fisher also recommended those who expect to receive gifts from overseas should speak with their friends and relatives about what items can’t be posted to Australia.
People travelling on overseas holidays are also being urged to know the rules about what can’t be brought back to Australia.
National Director Passengers, Jan Dorrington, said international travellers need to be aware that while some goods may be legal in overseas countries, they are often restricted or prohibited in Australia.
“Items such as high intensity laser pointers and BB guns are often legal in other countries, however, they are prohibited in Australia under most circumstances and many Australians have these items seized by Customs when they return from overseas holidays,” Ms Dorrington said.
“If you arrive back in Australia and you are carrying something that you are unsure about, always declare the item on your Incoming Passenger Card,” she said.
Australians travelling overseas are encouraged to read the Know Before You Go brochure from the Customs website www.customs.gov.au.
Enquiries from the general public should be directed to the Customs Information and Support Centre on 1300 363 263.