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Discussion in 'Visas / Migration' started by heldownunder, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. heldownunder

    heldownunder New Member

    My husband has downloaded a sheet with the items we cant ship- ehh basically the whole house

    can I not take wooden utensils and bread boards back to Oz which I purchased there a few years ago???

    it says no to wooden furniture, garden furniture, childrens bikes and trikes, shuttlecocks, wooden picture frame, ornaments and pencils, toasters, food containers, dyson, crockery, pots and pans?????

    I understand items like chopping boards, pot pourri, mops etc BUT....

    any advice- hubby has just gone and bought a bbq on ebay...

  2. srp

    srp No longer active member


    i think you will find that "treated" wooden furniture is OK, such as varnised chairs and stuff like that, not sure if cane furniture is allowed. Kids bikes have to be spotless, not sign of dirt or mud on them. Your husbands BBQ will also need to be spotless, no grease or dirt anywhere on it. he will also find the gas fittings are different here and he will need to buy a new regulator for the gas bottle, when he arrives before he can connect to a gas bottle.

    Hopefully someone who shipped will be able to offer more detailed advice. But if customs feel that the items are not clean they normally give you a choice about having the items cleaned or destroyed, they will charge you for cleaning or destroying the items.
  3. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    As Colin says its untreated wood that customs frown upon. Most treated wood clears customs fine.

    Any outdoor toys, garden equip, tools, tyres and chains on bikes, shoes , basically anything that has been in contact with soil, grease or dirt must be spotless.
    Lots of people use Jeyes cleaning disinfectant as it stinks and if customs do open your container they will know straight away you have been cleaning,lol.

    They frown on vacuums because of the bags or in the Dyson's case the collector part. If you do ship a vacuum/hoover make sure it is COMPLETELY free of dust, not forgetting the rollers underneath.

    I brought lots of pots,pans and kitchen utensils and had no problems what so ever, just make sure they are free of grease.

    The biggy that catches people out is xmas decorations, especially pine cones. I even know a family who were billed by customs for having PLASTIC pine cones!!! lol, it was cheaper to have them destroyed than fumigated which is normally the case.

    Hope this helps
    Cal x

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