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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
  • Animals and animal products
  • Animal or vegetable fats/oils
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Cereals
  • Coffee and tea
  • Chain letters
  • Cork and articles of cork
  • Dairy produce, birds’ eggs; natural honey
  • Fruit, nuts and citrus peel
  • Fertilizers
  • Furs
  • Inorganic and organic chemicals
  • Lottery tickets or related advertising
  • Lac, gums and resins
  • Mineral fuels and oils
  • Measuring, medical or surgical instruments
  • Meat and fish products
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic products
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures- offensive by nature
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Preparations of meat, fish or crustaceans
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Vegetables and vegetable products
  • Wool, animal hair
  • Wood and articles of wood
  • Wine
  • Wheat products

Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under International Courier.

Mail Security

The United States Postal Service has advised that, owing to heightened security, longer delivery times are likely for articles addressed to US government agencies. This applies in particular to Washington DC five-digit zip codes ranging from 202xx - 205xx.

Mail may be subject to irradiation treatment prior to delivery. The irradiation process is safe, but the US Postal Service is advising mail users that particular commodities may be affected:

  • Any biological sample e.g. blood samples, could be rendered useless
  • Diagnostic kits e.g. to monitor blood sugar levels, may be adversely affected
  • Photographic film will be fully exposed
  • Food will be adversely affected
  • Drugs and medicines could have their efficacy affected
  • Eyeglasses and contact lenses could be adversely affected
  • Electronic devices wou