There is a clear link between illicit trade and other types of crime, such as human trafficking, corruption, bribery and money laundering. Illicit trade damages the global economy and harms public health worldwide.
All regions of the world and all industry sectors are affected. Illicit enterprises not only divert opportunities from the legal economy, it also diverts revenue, threatening economic growth and development. As a border agency, we are committed to tackling this type of illicit trade by identifying and stopping those that try and import, or export prohibited or restricted goods.
Prohibited Goods are those goods for which importation and exportation have been completely banned for reasons linked to health, environment, protection of endangered species of flora and fauna, security, legislation etc. These items are likely to be detained by us, and you may also be liable to anything from a financial penalty, to arrest and then prosecution at court. Prohibited goods may include, but are not limited to:
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are not carrying prohibited goods. If you are in any doubt, you should contact us before traveling or before attempting to import or export any goods of this nature.
Restricted Goods, which are also sometimes referred to as Controlled Goods, may be imported or exported provided that you have the necessary authorization/permits. For example, you can import certain medications, but you may require the appropriate permit from the Ministry of Health before doing so. Restricted goods may include, but are not limited to, certain types of:
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate permit or approvals necessary prior to attempting to import any type of restricted goods.
If you are aware of any person attempting to import or export prohibited or restricted goods, please call the Customs Hotline on 12200, or complete an online report form.