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).
- Aphrodisiacs and literature relating thereto
- Bullion and currency
- Bank notes, travellers cheques and other securities
- Cash letters
- Credit card blanks
- Dangerous goods, haz or com materials
- Firearms, and parts thereof
- Gambling devices
- Liquids, non-hazardous
- Lottery tickets and advertising
- Precious metals and stones
- Prison-made goods
- Spirits, preparations of, or essences and extracts of
- Weapons and parts thereof
Lithium batteries and devices containing them are prohibited from being sent via International Express.
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:
- Animals and animal products
- Drugs: prescription and non-prescription
- Firearms and firearm parts
- Military equipment
- Plants and parts of plants
- Radar equipment: transmitters/receivers
- Tobacco, raw
- Weapons and parts of weapons
EDN’s and export permits are required for:
- Kangaroo skins
- Crocodile skins
- Emu oil
- Fish oil
- Bunker oil
- Petroleum-based products
- Tobacco and tobacco products
- Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes
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.
In addition to our customs forms, authorities in the destination country, territory or region require further documentation for some items.
Commercial goods require an inserted invoice and the article labelled invoice enclosed.
Senders should post a Certificate of Origin, where required, separately to the addressee.
The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.
The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the Australia Post Customer Contact Centre on 13 76 78.
Delivery locations & exclusions
Before sending to this destination, it’s worth noting a few more details about our international delivery services.
- International Express (carried via the EMS network) - Parcels delivers only to the places shown
- Kapiri Mposhi
- Lusaka city
International Express - Parcels does not deliver to a Post Office Box or Poste Restante.
- International Express - Letters service available on a non-guaranteed basis
- Articles, other than letters, for delivery beyond the railway system
Articles, other than letters, for delivery beyond the railway system must be watertight.
For more information from the overseas carrier, check the Zambia Postal Services Corporation website.