Australia’s hot weather, beautiful beaches and laid back culture has long attracted Brits, with many making the move to the land down under. While the Australian diet is pretty similar to the UK, there remains a few food items which aren’t easily available over there, leaving British expats missing chocolate, biscuits and tea from back home.

If you have a friend or family member who has moved to Australia, it may be cheaper than you think to send a care package filled with their favourite foods from the UK. In this guide, we run through the best way to send food – from what you can and can’t send to Australia to the best way to package to ensure it reaches the destination safely.


How much does it cost to send to Australia?


 Parcel weight  Price
 1kg parcel delivery to Australia  From £30.08* (excl. VAT)
 5kg parcel delivery to Australia  From £46.08* (excl. VAT)
 10kg parcel delivery to Australia  From £66.08* (excl. VAT)
 25kg parcel delivery to Australia  From £126.08* (excl. VAT) 

What you can and can’t send


Some of the most popular food items which expats miss include gravy granules, baked beans and cheese and onion crisps – but what foods are you allowed to send to Australia?

Australia’s import rules are stricter than a lot of other countries, due to the country’s reliance on farming. For this reason, Australia is extremely careful about what can and can’t be imported in to the country. Take a look at our list below of what you can and can’t send to Australia:

Can't send

  • Perishables
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Eggs and egg products
  • Dairy products
  • Meat, chicken or fish products
  • Baby formula (milk powder)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Liquids
  • Homemade food (which tends to be perishable) 

Can send

  • Chocolate and sweets
  • Biscuits (shop bought and packaged
  • Tinned goods
  • Spreads and preservatives (including jam, marmalade and Marmite) 

Note: All food should be in the original packaging and unopened. A full list of ingredients should be clearly displayed on the label and it must have a shelf life of over 6 months from the date of dispatch.

For a full list of restricted items, see our prohibited items page.


Customs in Australia


As Australia is outside the EU, a pro-forma or commercial invoice should accompany your parcel. This tells Australian customs officials: what is inside your parcel, the value of goods and information about the sender.

The information you give in the ‘Customs declaration’ section of the International booking form is used to automatically generate an invoice. This can then be printed along with your shipping label and affixed to your parcel.

Follow our simple guide below to ensure your parcel clears customs without any delays.

  1. List all food items and the quantities of each
  2. Give a detailed product decription and include the brand name if applicable
  3. Avoid using local names which a customs official wouldn't understand e.g. 'Welsh cakes'
  4. Securely attach the invoice to your parcel. It's also a good idea to include a copy inside the parcel in case the parcel gets separated from the invoice
  5. Give the country of origin - this is where the product was originally produced or grown and can usually be found on the packaging
  6. Provide an approximate value for the goods 

How to package food


When sending food to Australia, it needs to be packaged correctly in order to ensure it reaches the destination safely and isn’t damaged in transit.

We recommend using a sturdy box (ideally double-walled). You should wrap each product in plenty of bubble wrap and fill any unused space in the box with packing chips or newspaper. Finally, use strong tape to seal the parcel.

Please note that wood is a prohibited item when sending to Australia so you should avoid sending food in a wooden crate or straw box.



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