When sending gifts to loved ones abroad, what better gift is there than a fashion item that reminds one of home and enables them to look stylish and trendy. These can include clothes, shoes, makeup, bags, and other similar accessories. Do keep in mind that Australia has strict consumer product guidelines in place. If you’re looking to send over fashion items made of animal skin or products, as long as they are not a specific type of cat and dog fur, you will be able to send your parcels with ease. Under regulation 4W of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956, such items are prohibited unless permission is obtained.
Australia is also keen on ensuring international trade does not threaten animal or plant species with extinction. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement, of which Australia is a party. As long as one is importing products that are not included in the list of endangered animal and plant species, you can import these items without having to deal with issues at the Australian border.
Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment (PPE) is also a popular choice to be included in Australian care package ideas. Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as surgical masks, particulate filter respirators, gloves and face shields are also a popular choice to be included in Australian care package ideas.
However, the Australian government has guidelines regarding the import of PPE. Before importing, it is important for you to understand your regulatory obligations and understand how your PPE is being classified, such as for personal or commercial use. This is because should you breach the import rules, the authorities may seize the PPE and you may even face charges for it.
Care package ideas also include electronics such as smartphones, e-readers, massagers, headphones, EarPods, wireless chargers, and many other things. Electronic products being imported into Australia should follow the guideline set out by the Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme (EESS) and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). An important thing to note is that your electronics must still be deemed as ‘electrically safe’ by passing the Essential Safety Criteria, even if they are not particularly regulated.
4. Household Accessories
Household accessories are also a popular choice when it comes to sending gifts to loved ones in Australia. These can include different household items that one uses on a day-to-day basis such as a table fan, decor items like photo frames, toys and games. Household accessories are subjected to the same regulations as any other goods in Australia. For a more comprehensive list of prohibited import items, check out the Australian Border Force page for more information.