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Melnq8 Mar 17th, 2009 12:35 PM

Ummm, See's....interesting about pistachios - I see them everywhere here.

TravelSPC Mar 18th, 2009 06:22 AM

Just another thank you for the added ideas!!! I have a friend in Australia now who told me you cannot bring any food with you - I will be setting her straight AND seeing what she is missing!

Melnq8 Mar 18th, 2009 02:14 PM

You can bring food, but you'll need to declare ALL of it. Some food items are definitely prohibited; check this site for details:

www.aqis.gov.au/

You're generally okay with most commercially prepared foods, but items such as meat, nuts, fruits, and food containing eggs and herbs (such as some herbal teas) can be problematic. Also, no fresh fruits or veg.

I'm still working out the ins and outs of what is allowed here. We'd declared every single food item in our household shipment when we moved here and things I thought would be okay (curry mixes, cake and muffin mixes, dried beans, marshmallow cream) were confiscated, yet things I thought they would take (pecans, dried fruit) they let through.

The only items mentioned so far that might cause problems are the pistachios (especially if they're in their shell) and possibly the marshmallows - only bcause there might be egg whites listed in the ingredients - my marshmallow cream and cake mixes were confiscated from my shipment by customs and the only reason I can think of is that they contained egg.

You can send a note to the site above asking about specific items. I did just that before we moved here and I received a pretty detailed response regarding the list of items I'd asked about.

TravelSPC Mar 19th, 2009 10:20 AM

Thanks so much Melnq8! Very helpful!!

northie Apr 2nd, 2009 03:30 AM

we used to bring back wild rice and sometimes get packages of it over the years but the last few years it has been confiscated. As for timtams I would ship them all over to US. My friends there love them. Give me Junior mints for my treat!!!

Sharen Jun 3rd, 2009 08:56 PM

well friend
A Brass Bullet (http://www.my-bullet.com/au/) having a name of your friend/beloved/mam/dad/any one, whom you want to present a gift will be a exclusive way to show your affection and Love.

Carrabella Jun 3rd, 2009 09:26 PM

Back to the Graham Crackers - I thought Arnott's Sayo biscuits were more or less the same. Every supermarket has them - and pink and white marshmallows (Pascall) are on special this week for $1.99 A.

Sharen - the Brass Bullet site didn't come up - but I would HATE someone to give me a bullet with my name on it! You are joking?

Dave3 Jun 6th, 2009 02:37 PM

I've gotten requests to bring canned pumpkin pie filling and canned cranberry jelly to Australia.

ellie32 Nov 19th, 2013 10:43 AM

Morning hours cookies I think by Arnotts are not a bad alternative for graham biscuits when you can't get the genuine thing.
http://www.giftjoy.com.au/


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