Overseas Travellers Warned About Purchasing Prohibited Goods

Queensland, Australia ( April 12, 2011

Overseas Travellers Warned About Purchasing Prohibited Goods

Overseas Travellers Warned About Purchasing Prohibited Goods

The Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor today urged Queenslanders to know what they can legally bring back to Australia before heading overseas this Easter.

“Many Queenslanders take a trip overseas during the Easter break and school holidays, but travellers need to be careful about what they purchase and try to bring back into the country.

“Don’t waste your money and time by buying items that may get seized at the border,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Items such as toy and replica guns, various knives, refused classification video games, novelty lighters, high intensity laser pointers and wildlife items like eggs and tusks are sometimes bought as gifts or for personal use.

“But consumers should be aware that under Australian law these items, and others, may be banned or require an import permit prior to being imported into Australia,” Mr O’Connor said.

Customs and Border Protection detected 2,998 prohibited goods at Brisbane Airport last financial year – that’s an increase of 67% on the previous financial year.

“Travellers should also be wary of purchasing counterfeit goods. Items such as fake pharmaceuticals, electrical items, cosmetics and perfumes can be dangerous.

“These items not only cheat unwary consumers but can be a threat to health and safety,” he said.

“This holiday season I’m also reminding all travellers that Customs and Border Protection treats the importation of weapons seriously and detecting illegal imports is a priority,”

“Anyone who brings prohibited weapons into Australia without a permit will have their goods seized and destroyed – no matter how much they’ve spent on such weapons. Individuals may also face fines of up to $275,000 or 10 years jail, or both,” he said.

If you’re unsure of what can be brought into Australia – either through airports or through the mail – contact Customs and Border Protection on 1300 363 263 or

For more information read the guide for travellers Know Before You Go available from the Customs and Border Protection website

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