Customs from Thailand to Australia
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Aug 27, 2012 10:29 PM Last Post By: BangkokBoy
Aug 26, 2012 4:02 AM
I am currently in Thailand and I bought some curry pastes, coconut chocolate and arabica
Coffee. I travel back to Australia on Wednesday but am unsure as to the best way to get my
Products into the country as I'm unsure as to if they are allowed. Should I try and post them,
Or just declare them at the airport and hope for the best??
Any information would be great.
Aug 26, 2012 4:08 AM
Aug 26, 2012 4:14 AM
Aug 26, 2012 4:22 AM
3Declare them on arrival. If they are normal commercially produced stuff - no problem. If they're home made - it's up to the AQIS Officer to determine.
Thailand is generally all OK! Their commercial producers are reputable.
Aug 26, 2012 4:28 AM
Aug 26, 2012 4:29 AM
Aug 26, 2012 4:39 AM
Aug 26, 2012 5:40 AM
7i would declare them, that way you don't get a fine, just make shore they are sealed properly.
By the way i just got back from indonesia and had food in my bag, but declared it and had no problems,
but customs where randomly picking people who had nothing to declare and xraying their luggage.
and catching people out.
also the number of smokes you bring back will be reduced from 250 to 50 from the 01/08/2012
Aug 26, 2012 6:01 AM
Aug 26, 2012 3:07 PM
Aug 26, 2012 3:14 PM
10All the info is on the AQIS website www.daff.gov.au/aqis/travel/entering-australia/cant-take
Always declare all food and let the inspectors make the call.
however, based on my experience:
curry pastes - as long as it's in tins, are generally Ok. If in bags, AQIS may want to inspect first.
coconut chocolate - fine
arabica coffee - fine
FIS is correct though, you can get all that in Oz.
Aug 26, 2012 7:49 PM
Aug 27, 2012 1:36 AM
12Processed products in labelled bags, I doubt you'll have a problem. I'd declare them and I'm sure you'll be fine. I wouldn't bother mailing them because they'll be scanned as a minimum and if there was anything interesting on the scan they'll be opened and they'd probably destroy the whole lot if one item was prohibited, so it's better just to show them what you have.
Aug 27, 2012 10:29 PM
13Remember what the signs used to say? No, you're prob too young. They screamed -
DECLARE IT FOR AUSTRALIA!
Just tick the food box - even if they send you for inspection after that, it's very likely you'll be allowed to keep it all. But really, unless you live deep in the outback, every Thai supermarket will have what you brought, and probably around the same price!
If you don't declare and then you cop a random search and they find it, that's when your troubles begin!
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