Updated: Mar 22
Disclaimer: we are not a brokerage service, we cannot prescribe what can/cannot pass through customs. We can only give information based on research and past shipments we've delivered. There is always an element of uncertainty when it comes to shipping food, so go in with that mindset if you want to ship food with us. Also note that you will have to bear the charges if customs rejects and returns the parcels (same rate as the cost to ship the item out).
Generally, shipping of food items is allowed for import to Australia. However, there are some conditions for some food items to meet and also there are some items we would not recommend you to ship because of huge risk. The following is a breakdown of some common CNY goodies and recommendations on whether you should ship them or not.
Bak Kwa is not allowed for import to Australia as it contains pork. Under the list of Australia import prohibitions, all meat products are not allowed. Based on our past records, almost all Bak Kwa shipments failed. Therefore, we advise you to not ship this particular item.
Mini Spring Rolls
Mini spring rolls are allowed for import to Australia provided if it does not contain any meat like the usual chicken or pork floss version. Shrimp is fine though.
Tau Sar Piah
Tau Sar Piah is allowed for import to Australia provided the following conditions have been met:
1. Does not contain leaf lard (soft, visceral fat from pig’s kidneys & loin)
2. Item is commercially prepared and packaged
3. Produced in an approved FMD – free country and product label must list the country of origin
4. Maximum import amount of up to 10kg
5. Human consumption purposes only
Nian Gao is allowed for import to Australia based on the ingredients used to make it. However, we have not shipped Nian Gao for our customers before, and do not have further data on it.
Kueh Bahulu, Kueh Bangkit, Rose Cookies, Love Letters, Pineapple tarts
All these items are considered butter and dairy products and they are allowed for import to Australia if the conditions below are being met:
1. Item is commercially prepared and packaged
2. Produced in an approved FMD – free country and product label must list the country of origin
3. Maximum import amount of up to 10kg
4. Human consumption purposes only
Items that do not meet the conditions will be exported or destroyed at the importer’s expense.
Nuts are allowed for import to Australia if they are commercially prepared and packaged and they have to fall in one of the below categories:
1. Blanched/roasted/fried/boiled nuts
2. Shelled and vacuum sealed nuts
3. Nuts packaged in small confectionery tins sealed under vacuum
4. Shelled raw nuts or have split shells & weigh not more than 2kg
We wrote this to give more clarity to our customers, but please understand there are always risks in shipping all the above mentioned products. If you would like to ship food, we recommend not to ship everything in a big 10kg box. To mitigate risk, it's better to split it into multiple packages of say 3kg, so in case 1 box gets stopped at customs, the others could still pass through unaffected.
That being said, most of our shipments go through successfully, especially if you follow the advice given here. We hope we will be able to help you ship goodies to your loved ones this Chinese/Lunar New Year!
For more information, you can contact us through whatsapp or our email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Australia, you can also check out this website to do more extensive research on the specific items you want to ship!