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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? – Zach Lipton Apr 6 '16 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. – Michael Hampton Apr 6 '16 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... – Michael Hampton Apr 6 '16 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. – mega_creamery Apr 7 '16 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. – Patricia Shanahan Apr 8 '16 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 '16 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. – chx Apr 8 '16 at 6:14

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