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Types of customs offences
Customs offences usually relate to trying to import something into Australia that is restricted or not allowed. This may include:
- Firearms, which includes ammunition or other accessories. You’re not allowed to import firearms into Australia without valid registrations, licence or approvals;
- Prohibited items if you don’t have the valid registrations, licence or approvals;
- Drugs, which includes drugs that are illegal or prescription drugs if you don’t have the valid registrations, licence or approvals; and
- Plants or animals if you don’t have the valid licence or approvals.
Customs offences may also involve interfering with something that is subject to customs control. These goods may be held in a duty-free zone and are not allowed to be moved, opened or replaced without permission. Businesses can also be charged if they don’t put in place the adequate processes or controls to make sure their employees don’t interfere with goods that are under customs control.
You may be charged with a customs offence by Customs and Border Protection Services, the Australian Border Force or the Australian Federal Police.