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Japan to Australia

Country Regulations Topics:

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Australia.

Import of Alcoholic beverages into Australia is permitted via ISC contract service.

UPS only delivers to New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

UPS cannot deliver to Queensland and Northern Territories due to certain communities local alcohol regulations.

Due to a growing number of asbestos products and/or products containing asbestos being imported illegally, the Australian Government has now increased border targeting of these products in an effort to reduce instances of these prohibited imports.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is targeting specific import tariff classification codes linked to potential asbestos products and/or products containing asbestos.

The tariff classification areas include but are not limited to the following:

  •  Mineral and chemical products
  •  Plastic and rubber products
  •  Ceramic and glass products
  •  Metal products
  •  Machinery and electrical products and components, incl. automotive and similar products

As a result of this heightened enforcement, importers should undertake due diligence with manufacturers and suppliers of any goods or products suspected of containing any level of asbestos. Where applicable, importers should also have a statement on the commercial invoice indicating "asbestos free materials".

Further information including affected commodity types, classification codes and testing requirements may be obtained from the following links:

For 4C Importation of asbestos, please refer to the following link:

Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Electronic Cigarettes can only be imported into Australia for personal consumption only-not for commercial purposes.

A Commercial Invoice is required.

For more information on personal consumption click on the following link:

Shipments containing daggers, double edged, and sharp pointed stabbing instruments need an Import Permit to be obtained by the consignee. Any concealable knives are prohibited and will be seized by Customs.
High intensity laser pointer shipments are prohibited. To import a laser pointer stronger than 1mW, the importer will have to obtain police authorization from the relevant state or territory police force prior to applying for an import permit.
There is an embargo by all airlines used by UPS to fly into Sydney on all lithium batteries (including items that have lithium batteries within the commodity) being accepted to travel on small package service as Courier. This applies to all shipments, even if they are packed in accordance to groups 965, 966 or 967 (Lithium Ion Batteries).

In addition, Emirates (which UPS uses for shipments to Melbourne) has an embargo on UN 3480 (group 965) being accepted to travel on small package service as Courier.

Shipments of Lithium Metal Batteries are prohibited on Emirates Airlines flights which UPS uses to this destination country.

Alternative arrangements are in place, but expect transit delays if the normal planned flow of the package is via Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Time in Transit may be extended due to solution found.

Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries
Living plant material requirements depend on the plant species, country of origin, and will require a valid Import Permit. Depending on the plant species relevant import and export CITES permits may be required.

Accompanying documentation (for example, packing list, Phytosanitary certificates, CITES certificates, invoices etc) and labels on the consignments must correspond and the documentation should clearly identifiy the plants by their botanical names.

All plant material must be free from soil, disease symptoms and other extraneous contamination of quarantine concern.

Any form of toy gun or gun replica is prohibited.
The Department of Commerce requires that the watch, the watch housing and the watch's movement be individually labeled with the country of origin if they are not all made in the same country. If each item is made in the same country only the case needs to be marked with the country of origin.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country of origin.
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