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).
- obscene or immoral articles;
- counterfeit or pirated articles;
- articles which, by their nature or their packing, may expose officials or the general public to danger, or soil or damage other items, postal equipment or thirdparty property;
- documents having the character of current and personal correspondence exchanged between persons other than the sender and the addressee or persons living with them;
- monetary instruments of the Russian Federation or foreign currencies;
- any weapons or ammunition or parts thereof, or articles similar in construction to weapons for civilian service;
- explosive or flammable goods, or explosive or ignition devices;
- live animals, with the exception of bees, leeches and silk-worms that are accompanied by a veterinary certificate;
- pathogenic or potentially pathogenic organisms;
- perishable foodstuffs;
- alcohol products, ethyl alcohol or beer;
- tobacco products or smoking mixtures of any kind;
- plants of any kind and in any form, or seeds;
- precious stones of any kind or natural diamonds, except for jewellery;
- narcotics, psychotropic substances or their precursors;
- substances harmful to the ozone layer;
- dangerous goods;
- toxic substances which are not precursors of narcotics and psychotropic substances;
- plant protection products subject to the provisions of Annexes A and B to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants of 22 May 2001;
- the following implements for fishing aquatic biological resources:
- knotted fishing nets made from synthetic monofilaments or other polyamides, with a filament
- diameter less than 0.5 mm and mesh size less than 100 mm (length of mesh at one side less than 50 mm);
- electric fishing systems and equipment consisting of electric signal generators with connected conductors and accumulators (batteries), employed together to fish biological aquatic resources using electric current;
- printed or audiovisual materials which:
- propagate extremist or terrorist activities or publicly justify terrorism;
- are of a pornographic nature;
- are manufactured or distributed in violation of the legal requirements on elections and referenda in member countries of the Eurasian Economic Community Customs Union;
- are intended to spread propaganda containing Nazi ideas or symbols, or ideas or symbols that might be confused with those of Nazi ideology;
- contain other information that could be prejudicial to the political and economic interests of the Russian Federation, to public safety, or to the health and morality of its citizens.
In addition, it is prohibited to send the following articles for personal use (sent to the address of private individuals or sent by private individuals for needs that are not related to company activities):
- special technical publications on the covert reception of intelligence;
- human organs and/or substances, and blood and blood parts;
- radioactive materials;
- cultural artefacts;
- scrap and waste from ferrous and non-ferrous metals;
- non-manufactured precious metals, precious metal scrap and waste, ores and concentrated precious metal products, and primary products containing precious metals;
- mineral substances (non-manufactured natural stones);
- information about subsoils.
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:
- Animal products
- Anti-parasite products
- Currency and other securities
- Dairy products
- Fish products
- Pharmaceutical products
- Mineral oil
- Plants and plant products
- Printed matter, books, brochures
- Weapons, hunting Weapons
Please note the following restrictions for International Standard articles being carried by the EMS network:
- Biological substances
- Human ashes
- Human remains
- Precious metals
- Precious stones
- Watches (only if over $150.00)
Customs Fees – Private persons
1st January 2020
Limits for duty-free of goods addressed to private persons for personal use
- If the value of the item does not exceed EUR 200 and/or does not exceed 31kg, customs duties will not be collected.
- If the value of the goods exceeds EUR 200 and/or 31 kg customs duties will calculated at a rate of 15% for values exceeding EUR 200 but at the minimum rate of EUR 2 per kilogram of the weight.
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.
In addition to our customs forms, authorities in the destination country, territory or region require further documentation for some items.
Commercial goods must include an invoice.
Inherited goods require a certificate, endorsed by a consul, which confirms the right of inheritance.
If International Express parcel products are valued at more than or ECI0 roubles, they may be subject to additional brokerage/ delivery costs (if delivered outside of the following cities: Vladivostok, Moscow, St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Samara). Please check with the Australia Post Customer Contact Centre on 13 76 78.
Letter of indemnity for International Express
If you're sending International Express items to Russia, 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.
Delivery locations & exclusions data (Personal)
- International Express and International Standard (carried via the EMS network) - Parcels deliver to all regions, Republics and Territories with the following exceptions:
Chaibucha and Yamsk
Rep de Tchetchnya
If International Express and International Standard - Parcel products are valued at more than 10,000 roubles, they may be subject to additional duties and brokerage costs. Please contact the Australia Post Customer Contact Centre on 13 76 78 for more information on how these charges are applied/charged for businesses and private individuals.
International Express and International Standard - Parcels do deliver to a Post Office Box and Post Restante (counter mail delivery).
For more information from the overseas carrier, check the Russian Post website.