I live in Sydney. My cousin who is a hobbyist bee keeper asked me to get him an Australian queen bee. I know that Australian laws are very strict on what to get into the country but how about exporting living object such a a queen bee? What is the procedure in this case?

Edit: I am travelling myself, and I want to take a queen bee with me? Would it be possible to carry it with me or perhaps the airline could handle this as they would normally handle a pet? The usual route is Sydney-Dubai-Beirut.

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    I'd be much more concerned about the procedure to import the bee into another country. Where is the bee going? Apr 6, 2016 at 1:03
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    Australia exports lots of bees, so this seems pretty straightforward on that end. It's the import end where you might have trouble, and I can't find any information in English. Apr 6, 2016 at 1:22
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    I dunno...from what little research I've done, this does not appear to be something you'll put in checked baggage, at least not legally; as far as I can tell it has to be specially packed and ship by air cargo. You don't want to wind up with Bees on a Plane... Apr 6, 2016 at 4:21
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    You could put a few of them in a small zipped wallet. Keep it in your trousers pocket throughout. It shouldn't trigger the metal gate. If found out somehow act surprised or claim you only eat live food. Apr 7, 2016 at 13:53
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    I'm a bit concerned about the idea of smuggling the bee. There are many serious problems due to diseases that have been spread around the world by air travel. If there is a rule against importing an Australian bee into Lebanon, there may also be a good reason for it. Do your research, and do it carefully. Apr 8, 2016 at 3:08

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The New South Wales Government in 2007 endorsed the following bee export experts: Dr Doug Somerville, (02) 4828 6619, Goulburn, Nick Annand, Bathurst, (02) 6330 1210.

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    Care to elaborate a bit? Who are they? Why these guys? What do they do?
    – JoErNanO
    Apr 8, 2016 at 5:58
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    @JoErNanO I had the same questions that's why I have added the link. This is legit advice, not spam despite how it looks, these people are bee export experts endorsed by the New South Wales Government. I have rewritten the answer.
    – user4188
    Apr 8, 2016 at 6:14

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