Australia’s customs rules for importing food items are some of the strictest in the world to protect the environment and to ensure nothing arrives which could harm our plant or animal life. Whether you’re importing food for personal use or as part of your business, you need to be aware that there are strict rules that you’ll need to navigate. We provide professional customs broker services in Brisbane and across Australia and are here to share what you need to know about importing food into the country.

Restricted items:

Any food that comes into Australia is subject to the Imported Food Control Act 1992 and imported food can be inspected and controlled under this legislation. If you’re importing food for your own personal use, be aware that the following items are restricted due the potential risk they bring:

• Eggs and egg products
• Dairy products
• Uncanned meat
• Seeds and nuts
• Fresh fruit and vegetables

If you’re a commercial importer, you may be able to import food containing the above items provided you request a permit before you bring the foodstuffs into the country. If you wait until customs come across your import before asking permission, it will be too late. To find out whether you’ll be able to get permission for your food import, you can register for the Biosecurity Import Conditions System (BICON) and the system will tell you if you need an import permit.

Clear labelling:

The main issue with the importation of food items into Australia is that they’re labelled incorrectly and over 70% of imports being denied into the country have been because of this issue. Any food you import must have clear importer details, nutrition information, list of complete ingredients and an origin declaration. If customs aren’t happy with the labelling, your foodstuffs won’t be allowed into the country. With that in mind, ensure that all of your declarations are in order and that your imported items are labelled correctly to avoid issues.

Speak to your customs broker:

The process for importing goods into Australia can be complicated and that last thing you want is a hold up in customs. Not only is this inconvenient, it can also be expensive! If you’re looking to import food into Australia, it’s best to speak to a customs broker as early on as possible. They can answer any questions you may have about the process for importing foodstuffs and can help with the necessary paperwork. If your items do happen to get stuck in customs, your broker can help get your shipment out as quickly as possible.

If you’re after a customs clearance agent Brisbane, Australian Postal Brokers can help. We’re Australia’s largest and most trusted customs broker and we can help make the customs process as easy as possible. If you’re looking to import food items into Brisbane, or anywhere else in Australia, contact us and we will discuss what steps you need to take.