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Topic # 223938 24-Oct-2017 20:30
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Long story short.

Wife flew back to NZ via Sydney over the weekend. One bag got held back and missed the original flight. Was sent the next day.

Received bag today. Opened by Oz customs in Sydney and two Airsoft guns confiscated.

I am aware that Airsoft guns are prohibited in Oz.

However as the bag was in transit and should've been checked all the way to WLG why would Oz customs do this? I would've expected to have NZ customs deal with the bag where the items are not prohibited.

The letter included says we can object and apply to have the items returned.

Anyone experienced this before?

Looking for constructive feedback as I did do my research before hand and believed the Airsoft guns were legal to bring into the country.


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  Reply # 1888953 24-Oct-2017 20:47
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Seems reasonable on their part to do so...




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  Reply # 1888955 24-Oct-2017 20:52
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loceff13:

Seems reasonable on their part to do so...



How so? Technically didn't enter their borders.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1890880 26-Oct-2017 16:22
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Is there an option to have the guns "re-exported" from Australia?  That way it ceases to be Aussie customs problem and may be an easier path.


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  Reply # 1890892 26-Oct-2017 17:20
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It appears, you have to declare them to stay above the board. And there is no 'transit' But still hitting their border and handling in country.. wasnt in these odd hrs was it :P

 

 

Baggage is cleared at the first port of entry in Australia.

 

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Australia, if passengers do not leave the transit area. 
NOTE: Adelaide (ADL) and Sydney (SYD) are closed between 23:00 and 06:00. Transit passengers must leave the transit area and clear their baggage through Customs.

 

 

 

Passengers traveling from Norfolk Isl. and transiting in mainland Australia must proceed to Australian Border Force (ABF) control and collect their baggage.

 

Laid out under the arriving/departing area it tends to indicate they can overlap. Importing = requires strict documents etc.

 

http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Ente/Goin 

 

But arriving/departing points to declaration

 

 

What do I have to declare? Firearms, weapons and ammunition

 

You must declare all firearms, weapons and ammunition including:

 

  • real and imitation firearms
  • air soft pistols (BB guns) that discharge a pellet by means of compressed gas, commonly purchased as "toy" guns

/edit did you strike this one? http://www.border.gov.au/Factsheets/Documents/travellingwithorsendingfirearmsthroughaustralia-transitandtranshipment-2015.pdf

 

 However it doesn't outlay if airsoft is in the 'associated' field

 

Firearms and related goods that brought into Australia
and have been or will be transferred from one
conveyance to another for the purposes of export to
another country, such as persons travelling to another
country and changing flights at an Australian international
airport, and sending goods through Australia via air and
sea cargo, are transhipping for the purposes of the Act.

 

TRANSHIPPING FIREARMS
Firearms and related goods that are being transhipped
through Australia in order to be moved elsewhere are
considered to be imported and exported goods, and are
therefore subject to the requirements under both the
Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 and the
Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958.
To meet those requirements the following must occur:
• the goods must only be imported for the purposes of
transhipment; and
• permission to export in the form if a Defence Export
Permit (DEP) must be granted; and
• The goods must remain under the effective control of
ACBPS while in Australia


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  Reply # 1890897 26-Oct-2017 17:40
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Australia's level of laws and regulations in insane. I really hope that doesn't catch on here (although it is doing so). Will need to get a license to breath soon....






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