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Important Information

 02/06/2017

Prohibition and Restrictions on in-bound international air cargo from Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Somalia.

The Australian Government has prohibited all air cargo that has originated from, or transited through Syria, Yemen or Somalia. The prohibition was imposed 19 December 2015.

Air cargo that has originated from, or transited through, Egypt will be prohibited, except for items that are currently exempt from screening under Australian Regulations, such as diplomatic bags and smaller items of international mail.

The exempt items for Egypt are: mail items under 500 grams; cargo under 250 grams and shorter than 5 mm; live animals; human remains; biological tissues; legitimately prepared dangerous goods; Commonwealth Government articles; and diplomatic bags.

Additional screening requirements at last port of departure for in-bound air cargo from Bangladesh.

Air cargo that has originated from, or transited through, Bangladesh is prohibited; unless it has undergone security examination at an approved last port of call before travelling to Australia or is otherwise exempt from examination under Australian regulations.
  • The approved last ports of call for Bangladesh cargo are: Dubai; Abu Dhabi; Doha; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur; Bangkok; Hong Kong; or Guangzhou.
  • The approved examination methods are: X-ray; explosive trace detection; or physical examination.
  • The exempt items for are: mail items under 500 grams; cargo under 250 grams and shorter than 5 mm; live animals; human remains; biological tissues; legitimately prepared dangerous goods; Commonwealth Government articles; and diplomatic bags.
Further clarification of mail items exempted for Egypt and Bangladesh:
a. It weighs 500g or less;
b. It contains only flexible items;
c. Its longest dimension is 360 mm or less;
d. Its second longest dimension is 260 mm or less;
e. Its shortest dimension is 20 mm or less.
f. A small item means an item of cargo that weighs 250g or less, and is 5 mm or less in its shortest dimension.

If the cargo meets these requirements, then it can be sent to Australia as air cargo.

For further information:
https://infrastructure.gov.au/security/air-cargo/prohibition-intl.aspxExternal Link