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Shipping food?       started by ajcooper on 14 Jul 2005   (4502)
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From ajcooper

14 Jul 2005 8:40 PM
(18328)
Hi, Are there any restrictions on food with regards to shipping? We're just sorting out our kitchen and my wife has a lot of spices and stuff that she'd like to take. We know you can buy it all over there but it won't take up much space so we thought we'd take it. Other stuff we'd like to take are tea bags, marmite etc. Thanks Aidan
From Ushas

To ajcooper

15 Jul 2005 9:59 AM
(18353)
No, no, no! Customs do NOT want food brought in. There are heavy restrictions on food items. If you ship food you MUST declare it and customs will take your container apart box by box. And MARMITE and TEABAGS? Why? You can get those here too. It's just not worth the hassle. Really! Ush
From lorenandneil

To ajcooper

15 Jul 2005 10:58 AM
(18354)
Absolutely dont do it!!!!!! I know its hard as everyone has cupboards full of food but DO NOT EVEN ATTEMPT IT would be my advise. Do not risk anything that will give customs an excuse to go through your stuff, it will just cost you tons in the long run. I made up food boxes/cleaning material boxes etc for my brother, who lives on his own and was very pleased, think it kept him going for months! Loren x
From Paul_F

To lorenandneil

15 Jul 2005 11:01 AM
(18355)
On a related subject - one piece of advice I would give. Take some small foodstuffs in your hand luggage, and then declare it when coming through customs. It means you avoid the huge 'Nothing to declare' queue.
From lorenandneil

To Paul_F

15 Jul 2005 11:12 AM
(18357)
good idea, except no fruit, as the customs dogs will get you!! Another way of avoiding the long queue is if anyone is travelling on a spouse visa, as we were, and dont know which queue to stand in. I went in the Aussie queue and Neil went in the visitors. I got to the front very quickly and told the passport man my husband was in the other queue so he told me to go and get him so we both were through in about 10 minutes.
From ajcooper

To Ushas

15 Jul 2005 3:34 PM
(18363)
A resounding NO then!! Looks like the mother in law will be getting a home delivery! Hopefully we'll be able to track down some Yorkshire Tea (I'm not bothered about marmite, that one was for the wife as she can't stand vegimite). Thanks
From leigh_and_ross

To ajcooper

15 Jul 2005 4:28 PM
(18365)
We like yorkshire tea too and you can buy it here but it costs between GBP6-8 for a box of 80. We brought in boxes and declared them and nothing happened. When we ran out, my dad sent some to us and again the packages were opened by customs, but allowed through.
From ajcooper

To leigh_and_ross

16 Jul 2005 7:57 AM
(18397)
That's music to my ears. Now, if we can just get the Yorkshire Tea fruit loaf through customs as well!!