I'm going to be spending a few months in Dunedin, and was wondering whether anyone knows what the situation is with bring in home roasted coffee? Obviously all food items have to be declared at Customs? No big problem either way, but I figured I might take some safety stock until I locate a roaster that does the job.
I've taken roasted coffee into several countries including NZ both in carry-on and packed luggage and even brought some back into Oz, I never declared it and never been asked about it. As long as it isn't green, it shouldn't be a problem.
No worries. Thank you both. I've located a few local roasters in Dunedin and will certainly try them out. Just thought I might take some safety stock with me
Know the feeling Barry. It's always nice knowing that you have your own "security blanket" on board.
Customs and quarantine | australia.gov.auArriving in Australia – Declare it! You must declare for inspection all food, plant material and animal products on arrival in Australia to ensure they are free of pests and diseases.
Declare it - you will be fine. it is the 'right' thing to do. Other than that, wrap up warm. This time of year in scarfie land it is cold, of course the food, wine and the whisky is the safeguard against the cold.
I have every intention of declaring the items (roasted coffee) at Customs.
Roasted coffee however is essentially a food. It's much safer to declare it as you can't get in trouble for doing so, but good luck talking your way out of the fine if they decide to ping you. I've taken coffee in both directions across the Tasman lots of times. I've always declared it and it's never been a problem. Until someone from Quarantine tells me I don't need to I'll keep doing so and it's what I'd recommend others too.
Also it's mostly legal goods that need to be declared. They just need to be monitored. I'm pretty sure that most people trying to smuggle in illegal goods are definitely not going to declare them.
Taken vacuum sealed salami from Vic back to NZ. No issue. Coffee is not an item that needs to be declared. Pretty much only care about wood going into NZ. Bringing it back to Aus prob a different story, they are pretty anal about food.
I can assure that coffee should be declared on arrival in NZ. The chances of being caught not declaring it are quite low, but if they do catch you you'll probably get fined. Quarantine rules are actually stricter when entering NZ than Australia.
Your call. Declare it and they check it and let you go through the green exit, or don't declare it get caught, pay a fine for not declaring food items and get a cavity search.
Apparently customs carry a coffeesnobs card and ensure beans are CS4 or higher.
Hope you guys are declaring your packets of chips and any confectionery also then.
If you don't want trouble or you just don't know then the answer is easy: If in doubt, declare!
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"Is this food?" No
"Well can you eat it?" et al....
Not that hard a question. If it comes from a plant or you put it in your mouth, you declare it.
Chips and chocolate go in your mouth. If you're too silly to do that, we look forward to seeing your mug on the next giggle box instalment
The kiwis are even stricter with bio security than Australia.
Safest bet is to declare and you'll be fine.
Yeh, it's not me whose considering running the gauntlet of the Customs people. Though, I guess I could do an experiment and I'll take one bag of beans and declare them, and dare my other half to put on some of those fake glasses/nose/moustache things and make a run for it.
We brought roasted beans into OZ from Hawaii, declared em to quarantine, not a problem.
I might add, they were a big disappointment.
Ive posted roasted coffee to NZ on number of occasions no probs. But you do need to declare it. Also bear in mind people have been known to try smuggle drugs into countries hidden in coffee hoping the aroma will hide the drugs from sniffer dogs. So you could be questioned, but that probably depends on where you boarded and if they are expecting anything.
I've brought roasted beans into Australia - Zeitgeist beans from Seattle and beans from a micro-roaster I found in Havana Cuba. I declared them and on both trips after a cursory explanation on my part was directed out the exit with comments from the Customs Officer along the lines of "We aren't worried about roasted coffee".