Australia Prohibited and Restricted Items

FedEx Cross Border is unable to ship prohibited and non-approved restricted items on behalf of its customers.

FedEx Cross Border has prepared a global list of prohibited and restricted items that apply regardless of a shipment's destination. In addition to these global prohibitions and restrictions, individual countries or territories may impose further prohibitions or restrictions on the importation of certain items.

You can refer to the FedEx Cross Border global lists and the Australia country-specific list to help determine whether or not your product is prohibited or restricted for shipment.

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Country Specific List for Australia

Please note: this is not a complete list of goods subject to import prohibitions and restrictions. For a more complete list, please refer to the Customs (Prohibitions and Restrictions) Regulations 1956. The regulations can be found on the SCALEPlus site at

Australia Import Prohibitions

  • Air cargo that has originated from, or transited through, Egypt or Bangladesh will be prohibited for import into Australia.
  • Assembly Order shipments are where shipments from multiple suppliers to one consignee are consolidated into a single shipment.
  • The seizure of prohibited goods on entry into Australia is often carried out by Customs on behalf of other government agencies. Importers are advised to pre-check what goods are covered by prohibitions as they are subject to change. The following is a non-comprehensive list of items that are prohibited from entry into Australia: goods bearing certain official emblems or designs (i.e., ANZAC); goods bearing incorrect or misleading labels or markings; goods which infringe on trademarks, copyrights or Olympic insignia; certain goods related to cultural heritage (i.e., goods from Papua New Guinea); dangerous goods as defined by IATA (Intl. Air Transport Association); filament light globes, milk (except from New Zealand)
  • All Meat Products
  • All Wood Products
  • Personal Effects are PROHIBITED. If goods are found to be mis-declared and/or importer claims Personal Effects status on arrival, they must be cleared using Broker Select Option (BSO) or be subjected to a clearance administrative fee of AU$99.
  • Paintball Guns and Paintball Ammunition
  • Health Supplements containing Hoodia, Yohimbe and DHEA

The following items are prohibited when included in gift hampers sent to Australia:

  • Pine cones
  • Wooden ornaments manufactured from plant material
  • Fresh fruit
  • Item of meat origin or containing meat (all types, e.g., beef jerky, etc.)
  • Items containing egg or dairy
  • Items of plant origin (e.g., decorations made from vine material, wreaths, flowers, potpourri, etc.)
  • Unpopped popcorn
  • Nuts

Australia Import Restrictions

  • Knives and daggers
  • Laser pointers
  • Pencils and paintbrushes, Haz
  • Pornography and other objectionable material
  • Woolpacks
  • Ceramic ware, glazed
  • Chewing tobacco and oral snuff
  • Cosmetics, Haz
  • Dog collars, protrusion
  • Erasers, novelty
  • Fly swatters/mosquito bats, electronic
  • Goods bearing an image of the Australian national flag and coat of arms
  • Goods bearing an image of the Australian state or territory flags and coat of arms
  • Incandescent lamps
  • Goods that are subject to import controls include, but are not limited to, the following: Goods subject to censorship controls; goods, as identified by the United Nations, which are subject to trade restrictions; and goods that are regulated by the Consumer Affairs Division of the Department of Treasury.

In cases relating to intellectual property rights infringements, civil action might be taken against the importer by the owner or licensed user of a trademark or copyright.

Import restrictions might be in place to support local industry and implement international agreements.

Importers who fail to comply with import prohibitions and restrictions are subject to severe penalties.

Contact the FedEx Cross Border Compliance Team

Please note that these lists are provided as a reference only. For any questions about prohibited and restricted items, email the FedEx Cross Border Compliance team.