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Check our destination guide for postal restrictions and requirements


The following items are prohibited from importation, meaning they won't be allowed to enter the destination country, territory or region.

To check which items are considered dangerous and prohibited for sending from Australia, download our dangerous goods guide (1.2MB).

  • Alcoholic beverages, as well as equipment and machinery for producing wine or alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products prohibited by Islamic religion (eg pig’s or dog’s meat together with the skins, hair and wool of such animals)
  • Arms and ammunition, except with the agreement of the Defence Ministry
  • All kinds of printed material such as pictures, books, magazines, etc.
  • Chemical dyes
  • Clothing material for resale
  • Clothing, used
  • E-cigarettes
  • Firearms
  • Flying robotic equipment (including personal and commercial drones)
  • Foodstuffs, perishable
  • Games
  • Gold and silver
  • Lottery tickets
  • Money (coins, bank notes and other securities, etc.)
  • Obscene or pornographic pictures and contrary to the Islamic religion
  • Plants
  • Printed material such as pictures, books, magazines- offensive by nature
  • Razor blades, used
  • Radio systems equipped as follows: single sideband, upper sideband, lower sideband, beat frequency oscillator, continuous wave, air band, police band
  • Radios equipped with an FM band having a frequency range of 76 to 87 MHz
  • Rags made of any kind of textiles
  • Subversive or immoral literature and items
  • Sugar
  • Textile fibres composed of artificial materials and rag fibres
  • Tobacco and derivatives
  • Tanning wool and textile made of wool or yarn
  • Toxic substances
  • Trademarks, false or imitated
  • Weapons
  • Wireless apparatus.

Import restrictions

If an item is subject to import restrictions, it means that provisions must be met before it will be released from customs in the destination country, territory or region.

We recommend you confirm import restrictions with local authorities before posting:

  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Medicines
  • Parasites and insect killers
  • Photographic apparatus
  • Saccharine
  • Weapons and parts of weapons

Please note the following restrictions for International Standard articles being carried by the EMS network:

  • Ammunition
  • Animals
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Bees
  • Biological substances
  • Bullion
  • Coins
  • Counterfeit
  • Currency
  • Fur
  • Human ashes
  • Human remains
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery
  • Leeches
  • Live
  • Narcotics
  • Perfumery
  • Perfume
  • Perishable
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals
  • Precious stones
  • Silkworms
  • Watches (only if over $150.00)
  • *Weapons


Gifts should weigh not more than 10 kg.

Okay to send? Send responsibly.

As the sender, it's your responsibility to make sure your items don't break any laws or rules – both within Australia and in the destination country.

Restrictions and conditions can change at short notice so the information on this page should be used as a guide only. For the latest information, you should check the UPU prohibitions & restrictions (PDF 3.2MB) or contact the destination country's customs, postal trade or government authority.

It's also your responsibility to check if the destination country imposes any duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees on the item you're sending. If you're unsure, please contact the consulate office of the destination country.

Special documentation

In addition to our customs forms, authorities in the destination country, territory or region require further documentation for some items.

Iran imposes import quotas and requires an import permit for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit.

Letter of indemnity for International Express

If you're sending International Express items to Iran, you'll need to complete a letter of indemnity.

Delivery locations & exclusions

Before sending to this destination, it’s worth noting a few more details about our international delivery services.