Prohibited goods


The Australian Government prohibits the import and export of certain goods to and from Australia.

You can import or export most prohibited goods with written permission, provided you meet certain conditions and requirements.

Some goods are under absolute prohibition, where you are not allowed to import or export the goods in any circumstance.

Which goods are prohibited?

This website provides general guidance only. On these pages you can find out:

  • which goods are prohibited
  • where to send a request to export or import your goods
  • where to obtain more information.
Search the list of prohibited goods


Restrictions apply to the import of tobacco products.

Importers are required to have permission to import tobacco products. 

All duties and tax liabilities must be paid when tobacco arrives at the border.

Find out about the tobacco laws and how to apply for permission to import


You are responsible for ensuring your goods can be imported or exported, and for ensuring they meet the relevant requirements under Australian law.

If you import or export prohibited goods without the relevant written permission or licence, your goods may be seized and you could face penalties of up to 2,500 penalty units or 10 years imprisonment, or both.