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South Africa

Check our destination guide for postal restrictions and requirements

Prohibitions

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).

  • Batteries (lithium)
  • Clothing, used, intended for resale
  • Flypaper
  • Footwear, used, intended for resale
  • Fruit
  • Honey, royal jelly, conserves sweetened with honey
  • Lottery tickets and advertising
  • Prison-made goods

Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under International Courier.

Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries and devices containing them are prohibited from being sent to South Africa.

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:

South Africa requires an import permit for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. Senders should determine import restrictions from South African authorities before posting:

  • Beeswax and hive-frames
  • Cheese
  • Liqueurs
  • Meats and animal products
  • Military equipment
  • Plants and part of
  • Rice
  • Serums, vaccines and cultures of micro-organisms
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Toys, resembling firearms
  • Weapons
  • Yeast

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 7.2MB) 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.