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Help stem the tide of illegal Easter holiday souvenirs

April 2, 2015 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59As the busy Easter holiday travel season approaches, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has warned travellers about the risks of bringing home illegal souvenirs from overseas.

Travel agents are encouraged to acquaint their clients with Can I Bring It Back? –  a section on the ACBPS website which lists prohibited imports:

ACBPS Regional Commander NSW, Tim Fitzgerald, said many travellers did not realise items they buy while on holidays are prohibited in Australia, such as laser pointers and electronic shock devices.

“I encourage travellers to check the Can I bring it back? web page before they travel overseas, which was recently launched to help educate travellers on what to avoid buying overseas.”

Can I bring it back? is an easy to use traveller guide. It features more than 40 prohibited or restricted items routinely taken from travellers when they return to Australia, including a range of items commonly bought in South East Asia and South Pacific tourist hot spots.

“Some items that are legal in other countries can’t be brought back into Australia. It is important to check Can I bring it back? before buying these items, so you know Australia’s rules and regulations,” Fitzgerald said.

“Some travellers assume that items such as blow pipes, martial arts weapons, and BB guns are relatively harmless and make interesting, cheap souvenirs. However, they can cause serious injury and should not be brought back.”

Here’s a quick run-through of the top 20 prohibited items: laser pointers, food and drink, electric shock devices. blow guns or blowpipes, flick knives, knuckledusters, extendable batons, throwing blades, daggers, nunchakus, pepper sprays, arm brace slingshots, concealed blades, steroids, wooden and woven items, soft air BB guns, sedatives, hormones, illegal porn, leather, fur, horns, bones.

Can I bring it back? can be accessed from any device with a web browser or travellers can download a PDF version for offline use.

Edited by : Peter Needham

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