Any material or substance which has a value exceeding the values specified in IATA Dangerous items is prohibited. A few common examples are luminous substances, watches with big luminous dials, plutonium, radium etc. These items can’t be transported by shipping companies.

Any article or material which can damage living tissue or neighbouring goods by its action is called a corrosive substance, such items cannot be transported to Australia. This includes items like strong cleaning liquids, wet celled batteries, nitric acid, paint, thermometers etc.

Other restricted items

There are some other goods which don’t fall into any category but are universally not allowed to be transported. These include asbestos, magnet containing substances, bank notes and fire arms (especially without licensee). If you try to transport such items your items will be confiscated and/or you will have to a heavy fine.

Flammable liquids

You must have known that Alcoholic beverages are normally disallowed during shipping. This is because Alcohol is a flammable liquid. All these substances cannot by transported by shipping to Australia.

Infectious materials

Any substance that has a considerable chance of carrying harmful pathogen is called as an infectious substance. Good examples are bacterial cultures, surgical equipment, biological products etc. However in case you are a scientist or practising doctor you can obtain a special permit for transporting the same.

In addition, it does not allow the transport of perishable goods, live animals, tobacco, food and drinks.

Quarantine Formalities

As per Australian rules of export, certain items require a quarantine period before the consignment can enter the nation’s markets. It is in your benefit to know if the products you plan to export are subject to regulations of quarantine.

ICON database enlists quarantine conditions for more than twenty thousand categories of products, the country of origin and a list of end-users who will be using the imported products. If your product falls under the quarantine category, you will have to apply for a permit, pay import charges, allow the AQIS personnel to inspect your consignments for signs of diseases or pests and allow for the required quarantine time before the goods can hit the market.

Items to Be Sent To Australia – What Are The Rules?