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    Taking Home Roasted Coffee into NZ?

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    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.
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    Taking Home Roasted Coffee into NZ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    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.
    No problem at all Barry. Just declare them and you'll be fine. They probably won't even ask to see them, but they might ask if they're roasted or green. There are a few roasters in Dunedin, but I haven't tried any sorry so can't make a recommendation. I'm happy to recommend the better Kiwi roasters that sell online and places for buying green beans if you're interested.

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    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.

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    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

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    Know the feeling Barry. It's always nice knowing that you have your own "security blanket" on board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    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.
    It's an offence not to declare. Declare it and let them ok it, could save you a $500 fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trentski View Post
    It's an offence not to declare. Declare it and let them ok it, could save you a $500 fine.
    Is it? It's an offense to declare items which are not permitted...

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    Quote Originally Posted by trentski View Post
    It's an offence not to declare. Declare it and let them ok it, could save you a $500 fine.
    OK. I thought otherwise and have never had a problem. I have brought roasted coffee back into Australia but, on review of our customs requirements, you appear to be correct. I guess this means you will need to check NZ customs requirements Barry.

    Arriving 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.
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    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.

    Enjoy yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s12raider View Post
    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.

    Enjoy yourself.
    Thanks. Yeh, the cold is nothing new to me (yesterday's temp range was -5 to 7 here, and it hasn't hit 5 degrees yet today). I will certainly be sure to acquire some safety stock of some local Pinot Noir as well. Get to try out my new LIDO 3 E-T as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJack View Post
    Is it? It's an offense to declare items which are not permitted...
    Right, so to get illegal items through customs we just don't declare them? Is that what you're saying?
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    Hi All,

    I have every intention of declaring the items (roasted coffee) at Customs.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    Right, so to get illegal items through customs we just don't declare them? Is that what you're saying?
    Roasted coffee is not illegal.

    Do you declare leather shoes?

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    Taking Home Roasted Coffee into NZ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrJack View Post
    Roasted coffee is not illegal.

    Do you declare leather shoes?
    Yes I know about the confusion and controversy over declaring 'leather goods and animal skins'. There's no need to declare leather shoes as its treated and finished.
    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gryghost View Post
    Coffee is not an item that needs to be declared.
    Are you sure about that? The NZ arrival card definitely has "Any food" as an item to declare, so unless coffee beans aren't classified as food (or plant products) then I think you do have to.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trentski View Post
    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.
    Well, maybe not a cavity search. I had a laugh! They lose their sense of humour when they catch you out though and they might take your coffee off you!!!!!! Much worse than a cavity search!!

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    Apparently customs carry a coffeesnobs card and ensure beans are CS4 or higher.
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    Hope you guys are declaring your packets of chips and any confectionery also then.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by gryghost View Post
    Hope you guys are declaring your packets of chips and any confectionery also then.
    Ever watched Border Security?

    "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
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    The kiwis are even stricter with bio security than Australia.

    Safest bet is to declare and you'll be fine.

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    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.

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    We brought roasted beans into OZ from Hawaii, declared em to quarantine, not a problem.

    I might add, they were a big disappointment.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    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.
    In my experience, they have always asked me what they were and waived me through without even a look...No reason to bend da rools...
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    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".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    We brought roasted beans into OZ from Hawaii, declared em to quarantine, not a problem.

    I might add, they were a big disappointment.
    Slightly off topic sorry, but what were they Yelta?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyF View Post
    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".
    Exactly. Just like they're not worried about most packaged foods. Still gotta declare them though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    Slightly off topic sorry, but what were they Yelta?
    Supposedly Kona Leroy! don't think so, reckon I was had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Supposedly Kona Leroy! don't think so, reckon I was had.
    That's entirely possible, but not necessarily. It depends on whether you believe what's been written about Kona over more recent years or not I guess.



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