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I have been travelling and have picked up some neat wooden trinkets.

I will be holidaying in New Zealand before travelling back to Australia.

I know that both countries have restrictions on such products.

Obviously I should declare such items, but I want to avoid losing the items at the border.

What are customs specifically looking for, and how can I avoid them confiscating them?

  • This answer to a similar question should get you started. – k2moo4 Jul 19 at 8:19
  • Are you importing with the intention of reselling them, or are they merely souvenirs? – Mike Harris Jul 19 at 12:18
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Customs would look for a certificate that you have had them professionally fumigated to avoid bringing in bugs that does not exist natively in those countries

You can also check because last time I went to NZ they offered this fumigation service at the airport on arrival for a few but please check first before you go to avoid loosing items due to misunderstandings

  • in places that attract NZ and Aus tourists, there are often little stickers on the souvenirs saying "treated wood". I had no problem with the little bowls I bought in Fiji. – Kate Gregory Jul 19 at 11:05
  • Professional fumigation is only necessary for untreated wood. Most treated wood articles are fine to bring in, no certificate needed, but it's always wise to declare. – jpatokal Jul 19 at 17:22

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