What food can I bring into Australia?
Replies: 30 - Last Post: Aug 28, 2013 3:20 AM Last Post By: Lew_Snutt
Jan 16, 2011 2:57 AM
I'm pretty sure I'm going to get a flat 'no' for this but wanted to double check anyway!
I have some speck (smoked bacon/ham type thing with spices) from Italy that I would love to bring back to Australia to cook with. It's vacuum packed from the supermarket.
I have checked the AQIS website and I can only see they say it must be presented for inspection - nothing to say all meat is definitely banned. It has occurred to me that some foreign meat is imported for consumers in Australia, so perhaps there is a chance it could be allowed in?
I have emailed AQIS to ask whether there is any chance whatsoever it might be acceptable, but as yet no reply.
Does anyone have any experience in successfully taking meat into Oz?
Jan 16, 2011 12:17 PM
Jan 16, 2011 4:33 PM
Jan 17, 2011 5:39 AM
18The following is not a complete list of items that you must declare on arrival. In many cases items you declare will be returned to you after inspection. Some may be allowed in if accompanied by an Import Permit (issued by AQIS prior to arrival) or with treatment in Australia to make them safe (fees and charges apply). Alternatively you can drop them in quarantine bins at the airport.
all uncanned meat including fresh, dried, frozen, cooked, smoked, salted or preserved—from all animal species
sausages, salami and sliced meats
airline food including sandwiches containing meat
fish and other seafood products*
pet food—including canned products and rawhide chews
rawhide articles and handicrafts including drums
ie declare it and you may be able to bring it in. No one here can tell you the definitive yes or no (unless they work for quarantine and have the complete list).
Aug 30, 2011 7:58 AM
19I wonder; can I bring Nespresso coffee capsules into Australia without being dump into the bin?
Aug 30, 2011 4:02 PM
20The meat thing is too difficult to understand. The quarantine officers have facts on disease outbreaks and what can be infected as well as which locations things come from, which can all influence the decision. I doubt they can even give you an enswer via email other than declare it.
so IMO don't invest too much into this. Yes the people who import this meat have all sorts of restrictions and quarantine regulations to abide by, so for the individual, its often not easy to bring it in yourself.
#20... why would you want to?
Aug 31, 2011 1:48 AM
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Oct 21, 2011 12:12 AM
23Check out this link too... takes away alot of mystery :-)
Aug 27, 2013 8:54 PM
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Aug 28, 2013 2:30 AM
26An interesting and instructive thread, but one that has seen the knife of Ho Chi Sanders' minions.
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I put it down to a surfeit of corn syrup, an unworkable political system, and the absence of the civilising effects of test cricket in their lives.
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