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Hi, we are sailing on the Aria from Singapore to Brisbane next summer that goes through Indonesia.

 

It is highly likely I will be getting off the ship with some food items I have bought in my travels that will all be factory packaged and sealed (Ramen packets that may contain dried fish powder,snacks, nut based products,chocolate,bottles of sauce,savory snacks etc). I do like food items to take home when I travel.

 

I have heard that food products must be declared when at airports through a form which I am guessing will also happen at port. My question is how likely are they to be taken off me? Or is it a inspect and off you go type thing?

 

I will certainly be declaring all items just in case.

 

Thanks :)

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I’ve traveled through many countries with packaged food items like the ones you are describing (including Australia). The only packaged item I had a problem with contained nuts. Everything else got through ok.

 

 

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If it’s factory packaged and still sealed usually no worries.

 

It’s when it’s not packaged and not commercially produced you get problems.

 

BUT

 

ALWAYS

 

Declare it.

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yes always declare and the worst thing that will happen they'll take them off you

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All countries require you to declare food and goods. In Canada they don't allow any raw meat and plant matter. Not all cooked and packaged products are allowed into Canada.

Those cute puppies have pretty sharp noses.

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Commercially prepared nuts are generally ok as well. I often bring roasted cashews to Australia and have never had a problem. Havent tried "raw" nuts, that maybe different. Aussie border protection have a policy of "If it goes in the mouth it is food". If it has medicinial properties however spurious it is a drug. Declare everything. If in doubt declare it. If you want to limit any hold up have all declarable items handy for inspection ie hand held luggage. If Border protection have to open your large bags and they find something you had forgotten be prepared to have everything opened and turned over. If this is the case you wont get any sympathy from any of us who live down under either side of the ditch

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Returning from a trip to Europe I had a lot of food products (for various reasons). We also had a bit more than our allowance of alcohol. I prepared a list with each item shown, the size of it and (importantly) where I got it. I had everything in my hand luggage to show if required. The quarantine officer simply read down the list and OK'd everything. Another time I had chocolate covered macadamia nuts - no problem whatsoever. The products that would probably be refused entry would be any meat products (such as salami) and possibly honey.

 

With Australian customs/quarantine officers, if you do not declare the items and they are found, you are will either be fined or at least threatened with a fine.

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My ‘nut’ issue didn’t actually occur at customs. We got a bag of some type of nut; cashews maybe, on the plane. And the flight crew repeated several times not to take them off the plane if you saved them because they wouldn’t be allowed through customs. This was landing in Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

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Many times I have been told that wooden products cannot be taken into Australia. That is totally incorrect. Wooden items have to be declared. They will be checked over (a couple of minutes) and if no borer holes are found, they are OK. If borers are found to be in the wood you can pay to have the item fumigated or choose to have to destroyed.

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It really isn't complex. Follow the clear instructions on the Border Govt website.

https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Ente/Brin/Can-I-bring-it-back

 

And basically - declare - full stop. Failing to declare will result in a fine or warning depending on the circumstances. That is seperate to whether the product itself will be permitted in or not.

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It would really depend on the actual food items and whether they represent a bio-risk to Australia's agriculture, etc.

 

Declare them but don't be disappointed if some items are taken.

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Perfectly Perth has nailed it.

 

Just read the clear and easily understood guidelines on the website and comply with them and all will be well.

 

This country has very strict quarantine laws for very good reasons and you don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who are responsible for enforcing those laws.

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Always declare it - let them decide

Being commercially produced and sealed in packaging is no guarantee

The one that surprised us once was commercial dry dog food which we declared was seized as it banned as an import

Mind you one only has to watch the Border Security TV programme to see what some expect to bring in (usually without declaring it) - and in some cases actually get away with it

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Always declare it - let them decide

Being commercially produced and sealed in packaging is no guarantee

The one that surprised us once was commercial dry dog food which we declared was seized as it banned as an import

Mind you one only has to watch the Border Security TV programme to see what some expect to bring in (usually without declaring it) - and in some cases actually get away with it

Some of the people on those shows just amaze me.

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To the people that suggest reading the website. I have done that which is why I posted.I will be declaring for sure.

 

I was simply asking how likely it was to be taken off me as I don't want to risk wasting too much money.

Although I am now wondering if a port is stricter than an airport...who knows?

 

Oddly I was watching some Aussie and Canadian customs programs the other day. There was a lady who had bought bags/boxes of homemade meat curries from Asia into Sydney I think it was. I think she got some hefty fines as you can imagine! :)

 

Here in the EU declaring food items isn't super common actually...its only if they are on the obvious products list.

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My wife had been given a bag (factory sealed) of rice and some jams as gifts from the US when she travelled with work. She had declared these and they took the rice but not the jams, she was surprised thinking it may have been the other way around. They have their lists but there is also an interpretation of the rules to take into an account.

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My wife had been given a bag (factory sealed) of rice and some jams as gifts from the US when she travelled with work. She had declared these and they took the rice but not the jams, she was surprised thinking it may have been the other way around. They have their lists but there is also an interpretation of the rules to take into an account.

 

 

 

Rice isn’t considered a processed food. Also Oz produces rice. Jam is processed food.

 

 

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Rice isn’t considered a processed food. Also Oz produces rice. Jam is processed food.

 

 

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My initial thoughts exactly. Jam is not a threat but raw rice is . Aussie is particularly sensitive to its protection of its primary produce. Importation of apples and bananas come to mind. During the wipeout of the Australian banana crop a few years back the authorities still refused to import bananas and the public just had to lump it or pay the huge prices for the limited local stock that was available. Its not that long ago that there were restrictions about what produce could even be taken across state lines.

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Its not that long ago that there were restrictions about what produce could even be taken across state lines.

 

 

It’s still the case. You can’t take fruit from the mainland into Tasmania

 

 

 

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It’s still the case. You can’t take fruit from the mainland into Tasmania

 

 

 

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Still vehicle checks on the highway from Vic to SA as well.

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And it has been known to have vehicle checks of on roads into the Hunter Valley, when grape virus are around and when the Equine Flu was raging.

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My wife had been given a bag (factory sealed) of rice and some jams as gifts from the US when she travelled with work.

 

There have been cases of bugs roaming around in rice, despite factory sealed.

 

It's a bit like how you can buy grains like oats and wheat and still see weevils or similar in them.

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Rice isn’t considered a processed food. Also Oz produces rice. Jam is processed food.

 

 

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I realise that. It was treated in some way with some spices or something added, in any case, they took it and while my wife was not disappointed, she was surprised.

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My initial thoughts exactly. Jam is not a threat but raw rice is . Aussie is particularly sensitive to its protection of its primary produce. Importation of apples and bananas come to mind. During the wipeout of the Australian banana crop a few years back the authorities still refused to import bananas and the public just had to lump it or pay the huge prices for the limited local stock that was available. Its not that long ago that there were restrictions about what produce could even be taken across state lines.

It wasn't cooked rice but neither was it raw, in any I agree, we need to protect Australia's bio-security. State line restrictions are still in place at many airports and border crossings.

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There have been cases of bugs roaming around in rice, despite factory sealed.

 

It's a bit like how you can buy grains like oats and wheat and still see weevils or similar in them.

Agreed, they should be kept out.

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yes always declare and the worst thing that will happen they'll take them off you

 

 

Not the worst thing Bob, minimum $420 infringement notice, if the AQUIS officer thinks a 'caution' is inappropriate. :evilsmile:

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Still vehicle checks on the highway from Vic to SA as well.

 

I remember ye olde 'Tick Gates' on the Pacific Hwy, there was one at Grafton and another at Tweed Heads.:evilsmile:

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Not the worst thing Bob, minimum $420 infringement notice, if the AQUIS officer thinks a 'caution' is inappropriate. :evilsmile:

 

I think he was saying the worst thing if you declared.

 

If you declare the item upfront they won't give you a caution or a fine.

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I think he was saying the worst thing if you declared.

 

If you declare the item upfront they won't give you a caution or a fine.

 

Correct, my error, sorry, did not read bob's post, again !! Time for a Granpa nap to recharge ye olde batteries.:o:o

 

Sorry RKMW @ Bob. I have met Bob, nice chap and a devout Princess Cruiser like me, he won't mind.

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I remember ye olde 'Tick Gates' on the Pacific Hwy, there was one at Grafton and another at Tweed Heads.:evilsmile:

 

 

 

I remember my mum smuggling plants hidden underneath the suitcases in the boot over the Qld/NSW border.

 

 

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I remember my mum smuggling plants hidden underneath the suitcases in the boot over the Qld/NSW border.

 

 

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Tsk, tsk, probably loaded with cane toads as well;p

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One can only wonder what the poor OP is making of this discussion...

 

 

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Wonder what OPs think about many threads

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One can only wonder what the poor OP is making of this discussion...

 

 

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By now he would suspect we are mental cases on here and he has ventured into a lunatic asylum. Half right.:o Tis the sun that does it you know.:loudcry:

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One can only wonder what the poor OP is making of this discussion...

 

 

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Yeah, ah but we mean well.

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By now he would suspect we are mental cases on here and he has ventured into a lunatic asylum. Half right.:o Tis the sun that does it you know.:loudcry:

We send all our crazies down to BB and surrounds every weekend.;p

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To the people that suggest reading the website. I have done that which is why I posted.I will be declaring for sure.

 

I was simply asking how likely it was to be taken off me as I don't want to risk wasting too much money.

Although I am now wondering if a port is stricter than an airport...who knows?

 

Oddly I was watching some Aussie and Canadian customs programs the other day. There was a lady who had bought bags/boxes of homemade meat curries from Asia into Sydney I think it was. I think she got some hefty fines as you can imagine! :)

 

Here in the EU declaring food items isn't super common actually...its only if they are on the obvious products list.

 

No one here can or will answer about the likelihood of something being confiscated for the simple fact that each morning Border staff are sent itemised lists and alerts that have to be complied with. There can be immediate changes on certain products due to sudden changes, diseases or alerts in other countries etc. Border staff are all the same govt department regarding of whether you are entering at a port or an airport and the laws remain the same. The beagles are used in both locations. Even a small yacht entering the country is subject to the exact same laws and searches.

 

Again - the golden rule is - bringing something in - declare it. Its up to the quarantine staff to make the end decision - not any one hanging around on a travel forum. And yes - I have in fact done many employment secondments with Border (under their various former names) so I do actually know what I am talking about. And no Border staff member is going to say "oh you heard on Cruise Critic you could bring it in - sure go ahead".

 

Personally - bringing food into a country that has ample supplies of it - is pointless when there is a "possibility" of it being confiscated.

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By now he would suspect we are mental cases on here and he has ventured into a lunatic asylum. Half right.:o Tis the sun that does it you know.:loudcry:

Not the craziest thread I’ve ever read.

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No one here can or will answer about the likelihood of something being confiscated for the simple fact that each morning Border staff are sent itemised lists and alerts that have to be complied with. There can be immediate changes on certain products due to sudden changes, diseases or alerts in other countries etc. Border staff are all the same govt department regarding of whether you are entering at a port or an airport and the laws remain the same. The beagles are used in both locations. Even a small yacht entering the country is subject to the exact same laws and searches.

 

Again - the golden rule is - bringing something in - declare it. Its up to the quarantine staff to make the end decision - not any one hanging around on a travel forum. And yes - I have in fact done many employment secondments with Border (under their various former names) so I do actually know what I am talking about. And no Border staff member is going to say "oh you heard on Cruise Critic you could bring it in - sure go ahead".

 

Personally - bringing food into a country that has ample supplies of it - is pointless when there is a "possibility" of it being confiscated.

Good post.

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