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Personal Effects

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Category: Sample Data-Articles Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 Written by Super User

Personal effects can range from one small bag or suitcase carried by an air or sea passenger, to a complete shipping container full of household contents.

Each importation is risk assessed on its merits and a decision is made by a Quarantine Officer if further examination or inspection is necessary.


Examples of personal or household items that require inspection include;


- Wooden items
- Gardening equipment
- Foodstuffs, especially honey and honey products
- Medicines, including Chinese medicines
- Cane and bamboo furniture
- Bicycles, golf equipment, vacuum cleaner bags

Always declare these sorts of items, and if in doubt ask a Quarantine Officer for advice. Some items may be prohibited entry, and others may require treatment before entry can be allowed.

Containers and Personal Effects

Personal effects can range from one small bag or suitcase, to a complete shipping container full of household contents.


Personal effects consignments can be split into two separate types - accompanied and unaccompanied.  Accompanied means those consignments where the owner is present with the bag or case at the time of entry. Unaccompanied means those consignments where the owner is not necessarily present at time of entry, or has a Customs Broker acting as clearance agent on their behalf.  In both cases a Quarantine risk assessment will be undertaken upon entry.

People with accompanied consignments are required to make an entry declaration on the Passenger Arrival Declaration form.  Owners of unaccompanied consignments are required to make an entry declaration on a form supplied by their clearance broker, or at time of application at the Quarantine Office.

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