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Can you bring it in?

A guide to what you can and can't bring in to the country​​​​​​.​ When you’re travelling overseas​ or importing items, you need to know that some items can’t be brought back with you and for others you need to get permission.

Goods you can bring in without declaring

You do not need to declare these goods if they are commercially prepared and packaged and for personal use only:


Chocolate and confectionery

​You may bring up to 10 kilograms of commercially prepared and packaged chocolate or confectionery into Australia as a personal import.

Confectionery includes fudge, toffees, boiled sweets, peppermints, marshmallows and liquorice.


Coffee

​Coffee is permitted into Australia for personal use if it is in one of the following forms:

  • roasted, ground or instant coffee (up to 10 kilograms)
  • roasted coffee beans (up to 10 kilograms)
  • green coffee beans (up to 5 kilograms).

The coffee must be in clean and new packaging and free from live insects and other contamination.

Kopi Luwak/Civet coffee, including whole beans, ground or for instant use, is allowed into Australia if:

  • the beans, or the beans from which the product is made, have been roasted
  • the product is commercially prepared and packaged
  • the product is imported in an amount up to 1 kilogram
  • the product is for the personal consumption of the person wishing to import it.


Cosmetics (including soap and hair care products)

Cosmetic products are allowed into Australia if they are commercially manufactured and packaged and for the personal use of the person wishing to import the item. You may bring up to 10 kilograms or 10 litres for personal use.

Cosmetics other than those listed above may require an import permit. Tax free limits do apply to the import of goods into Australia.



Juice and soft drink

Fruit and vegetable juices and soft drinks are allowed into Australia if they are commercially prepared and packaged and shelf stable (do not require refrigeration).

Fruit and vegetable juices must be packaged in hermetically sealed containers such as:

  • metal cans
  • glass jars or bottles with ‘twist off’ lids or caps
  • plastic containers that have heat sealed lids or lids closed by a double seam (excludes those with snap or plastic lids)
  • aseptic cartons e.g. tetra paks®
  • retort pouches.



Maple syrup, golden syrup, treacle


Potato crisps


Tea (black and green)

 

Plain black or green teas and plain black or green teas with flavouring

These teas are allowed into Australia from any country if the tea is in clean and new packaging (unopened) and free of live insects and other contamination.

If you are importing tea with animal, other fungal or microbial products, you must search BICON for each individual ingredient to determine the conditions that apply.


Vegemite, Promite, Marmite, cheesymite, Nutella, peanut butter