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Are you organising or attending an international conference, event or meeting in Australia?
If so, you or your international delegates need to know what you can and can't bring into Australia.
Food, plant cuttings, seeds, nuts or anything made of wood, plant or animal material from overseas (including gifts, souvenirs and trade samples) may contain pests and diseases that could devastate Australia's native wildlife and its environment, tourism and agriculture industries.
You must declare all quarantine items on your Incoming Passenger Card on arrival in Australia. It is a legal document. If you don't declare or dispose of quarantine items—or if you make a false declaration—you are breaking the law and could face a $340 on-the-spot fine or prosecution.
To help experience a hassle-free arrival and positive first impression of Australia make sure you and your international delegates find out about:
Australia's quarantine requirements—for further information email aqis or contact 1800 020 504 (freecall within Australia).
Trade samples and other products—which may require an import permit. To find out what quarantine restrictions apply visit the AQIS Import Conditions Database.
What visa you need to travel to Australia for business—Visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship International Event Coordinator Network.
Customs requirements including duty free allowances. For a quick guide, visit the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service website.
20 Dec 2012