The list of items below cannot ship or have restriction on how they can ship or how much can ship. Please note that this list is not comprehensive and that restrictions are constantly changing. We'll do our best to update this page as we receive notices from our carriers but ultimately you are responsible for ensuring that the items you purchase comply with all government and carrier restrictions. For your convenience we have provided examples of each item category. Simply click or tap the icon. Remember, prohibited items cannot ship at all. Restricted items have reduced shipping options on quantity or specific type of item and may require special documentation or have extra fees associated with them. If you have concerns about your product, please contact au@shopusa.com before you make your purchase

Australia Import Prohibitions

  1. Air cargo that has originated from, or transited through, Egypt or Bangladesh will be prohibited for import into Australia.
  2. Assembly Order shipments are where shipments from multiple suppliers to one consignee are consolidated into a single shipment.
  3. 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)
  4. All Meat Products
  5. All Wood Products
  6. 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.
  7. Paintball Guns and Paintball Ammunition
  8. Health Supplements containing Hoodia, Yohimbe and DHEA

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

  1. Pine cones
  2. Wooden ornaments manufactured from plant material
  3. Fresh fruit
  4. Items containing egg or dairy
  5. Item of meat origin or containing meat (all types, e.g., beef jerky, etc.)
  6. Unpopped popcorn
  7. Nuts

Australia Import Restrictions

  1. Knives and daggers
  2. Laser pointers
  3. Pencils and paintbrushes, Haz
  4. Pornography and other objectionable material
  5. Woolpacks
  6. Ceramic ware, glazed
  7. Chewing tobacco and oral snuff
  8. Cosmetics, Haz
  9. Dog collars, protrusion
  10. Erasers, novelty
  11. Fly swatters/mosquito bats, electronic
  12. Goods bearing an image of the Australian national flag and coat of arms
  13. Goods bearing an image of the Australian state or territory flags and coat of arms
  14. Incandescent lamps
  15. 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.