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Back to news... 21 January 2020 What food can I send to Australia?

 When considering what food you can send to Australia, it is best to consider the categories below to ensure that your food will not breach Australia’s expectations:

  • Food must be store bought, in the manufacturer’s original unopened packaging
  • Food that has food labels that list all ingredients in the product
  • The expiry date has more than 6 months from the date of shipping
  • There’s no alcohol, dairy, meat, poultry, fish or seafood ingredients.
  • No homemade food.
  • Some popular foods that fall into these categories are listed below:
  • Chocolate and sweets
  • Biscuits (shop bought and packaged
  • Tinned goods
  • Spreads and preservatives (including jam, marmalade and Marmite)

Here are some tips on how to ensure that food you have sent makes its through border control:

  • Clearly list all food items and the quantities that they come in
  • Give a detailed product description of your food. Including any brand names also helps
  • Avoid using local “nicknames” that officials wouldn’t understand.
  • Make sure that you have clearly and securely attached the invoice to the parcel
  • Include another copy inside in case anything happens to the external copy
  • Provide an approximate value for the food goods

Can I send Chocolate to Australia?

Looking at one of our original queries, YES, you can send chocolate to Australia.

This is excellent news for chocolate lovers! Although most brands are sold world wide, it is often the case that they do not taste exactly the same from country to country.

When considering if chocolate can be sent, we must once again relate back to the key points of consideration when sending food to Australia:

  • Is the food must be store bought, in the manufacturer’s original unopened packaging?
  • Does it have a label that lists all ingredients in the product?
  • Is the expiry date longer than 6 months from the date of shipping?
  • Is there no alcohol, dairy, meat, poultry, fish or seafood ingredients?
  • Is it homemade?
  • Through this tick list, most stores bought chocolate will of course be eligible. Meaning you can still have your English Double Deckers down under.

Yes you can send chocolate and other foods to Australia!

As you can see chocolate, thankfully, falls into a food group that you are able to send across to Australia.

As long as you take into consideration prohibited goods set by border control and follow the checklist that gives you indication as to what Australia will allow to be sent through their borders, you have many options available. A quick indicator into whether something is likely to be allowed is if they fall within Chocolate and sweets, Biscuits, Tinned goods and Spreads and preservatives.

If you couple this with making sure that you have done everything to the letter when preparing your parcel, it will arrive in no time at all!

Getting food into Australia

The beautiful country of Australia with its varied landscapes, all year round hot weather and welcoming culture has attracted immigrants for decades. Whether it is as a full time relocation or part time back-packaging, “Brits” have made their way to the island in great numbers.

Getting food and sweeter goods to these loved ones sometimes falls into a grey area. Just what exactly can I send as a treat and a way to remember home when it comes to food goods?

An important place to start is to remember that Australia is Island Country. This means they are particular with what they allow to enter their borders, to ensure that the natural ecosystem is not harmed. This does mean that certain items have been banned.

These include:

  • Perishables
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Eggs and egg products
  • Dairy products
  • Meat, chicken or fish products
  • Baby formula (milk powder)

However, there is still an abundance of food that Australia allows.

If you are looking for more information on what you can send to Australasia, be sure to take a look at sending a parcel to New Zealand

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