Customs Clearance for Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco
If you have purchased or are planning to import alcoholic beverages, tobacco or tobacco products from overseas by mail with a value of AUD 1000.00 or less - you will need to pay duty & taxes upon their arrival.
Can I import tobacco through the mail?
No. It is a condition of the tobacco imports requirements that prohibited tobacco products cannot be imported into Australia through the mail.
The ABF may seize any tobacco products imported through the mail and issue an infringement notice or prosecute the intended recipient.
Cigars, chewing tobacco and snuffs intended for oral use (up to 1.5kg) are permitted to be imported through the mail. Importers of these products must correctly declare their goods and pay all duties and taxes in order to receive their items.
It is important to be careful when purchasing these kinds of products online – as even Australian based companies can ship their stock directly from overseas to you.
Therefore, making you liable for any import taxes applicable when they enter the country.
When your goods arrive into Australia, the Australian Border Force will send you an invoice for duty and taxes payable.
This will need to be paid before your goods are released from customs and delivered.
If the goods have a value of over AUD 1000.00, then you must lodge an Import Declaration
If you choose not to pay the import taxes on your alcohol products within 30 days of receiving the payment request from Australia Customs the goods may be returned to sender.
If you choose not to pay the import taxes on your tobacco or tobacco products within 30 days of the receiving payment requested from Australia Customs the goods may be treated as abandoned and will be destroyed.
Tobacco or tobacco products cannot be returned to sender.
Australia Post is the carrier of international mail and has sole responsibility for delivery of your postal article. For any questions regarding the delivery of your parcel you must contact Australia Post on phone 13 13 18.