Australia Post (AU) - Ban on some food products into Australia

30 September, 2020


Australia Post would like to advise of additional screening measures on inbound mail into Australia for new biosecurity risks, see attached notice.

The products listed below are now banned from the mail into Australia, including rice, beans, etc., with some exclusions also listed below.

If your customers send those products to Australia in the mail, the items will be stopped and may be destroyed.
Australia Post will not provide compensation for items that get destroyed due to containing banned products.
In case of non-compliance, we expect slow down on inbound processing for your mail due to increased inspection and scrutiny.

As such Australia Post kindly requests that your Post advises your merchants and retail customers of those new risks and banned items to Australia, to minimise the impact on the performance of your mail and avoid your customers having their parcels destroyed.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Please refer to the official website for more details and a full list of banned products.


  • Rice (Oryza sativa)
  • Chickpeas (Cicer arietinum)
  • Cucurbit seed (Cucurbita, Cucumis, Citrullus spp.)
  • Cumin seed (Cuminum cyminum)
  • Safflower seed (Carthamus tinctorius)
  • Bean seed (Phaseolus spp.)
  • Soybean (Glycine max)
  • Mung beans, cowpeas (Vigna spp.)
  • Lentils (Lens culinaris)
  • Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
  • Coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Celery seed (Apium graveolens)
  • Peanuts (Arachis hypogaea)
  • Dried chillies/capsicum (Capsicum spp.)
  • Faba bean (Vicia faba)
  • Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan)
  • Pea seed (Pisum sativum)
  • Fennel seed (Foeniculum spp).

The following exclusions apply: 

  • goods that are thermally processed that are commercially manufactured and packaged such as retorted, blanched, roasted, fried, par-boiled, boiled, puffed, malted or pasteurised goods 
  • goods that are chemically processed and preserved such as with a Formalin Propionic Acid fixative, Formalin Acetic acid alcohol, Carnoy’s fixative or ethanol. 
  • fresh vegetables 
  • commercially manufactured frozen or freeze-dried food (perishable foodstuffs only) 
  • frozen plant samples for plant research (including through the use of liquid nitrogen and freeze drying) 
  • oils derived from vegetables or seed
  • Preserved or pickled (such as in vinegar or alcohol)
  • goods that have been refined or extracted to obtain specific components from plant-based raw materials. Examples include starch, lecithin, protein, cellulose, sugars and pigments.