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Understanding Australia’s New Vape Import Laws: What You Need to Know

Understanding Australia’s New Vape Import Laws: What You Need to Know

In 2024, Australia has implemented stringent regulations on the importation of vaping goods. Aiming to control the use and distribution of these products. These new laws, outlined in Regulation 5A of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956, have significant implications for businesses and individuals importing vaping products into the country. Australian Customs Brokers & Logistics is here to provide an overview of the changes and offer guidance on navigating these new regulations to ensure compliance and avoid potential issues with the Australian Border Force (ABF).

Phased Implementation of Prohibited Imports:

The new regulations adopt a phased approach, gradually prohibiting the importation of vaping goods. Effective from 1 January 2024, disposable vapes have been categorized as prohibited imports. Subsequently, from 1 March 2024, all other vaping products, including reusable vapes, accessories, and liquid nicotine, will also be prohibited imports.

Definition of Vaping Goods:

Vaping goods encompass a wide range of products, including devices, substances, and accessories designed for vaping. This includes e-shisha/e-hookah devices, cartridges, capsules, pods, and containers containing vape substances. All forms of liquid nicotine are subject to regulation, irrespective of their intended use.

Import Permit Requirements:

Importers must hold both a license to import vaping goods and a permit issued by the Office of Drug Control to legally import these products into Australia. Without the required permits, importing vaping goods will result in seizure and destruction by the ABF.

Traveller Exemptions and Limits:

Travellers arriving in Australia with vaping goods in their accompanied baggage may retain them if the goods are for medical treatment purposes. However, strict limits apply, and travellers must adhere to these regulations to avoid penalties.

Prohibition on Postal Imports:

As of 1 January 2024, imports of disposable vapes via postal services are prohibits outright. From 1 March 2024, this prohibition extends to all vaping goods, including accessories and liquid nicotine, imported through postal channels.
The new vape import laws in Australia represent a significant shift in the regulatory landscape surrounding vaping products. Businesses and individuals involved in importing vapes must adhere to the updated regulations to avoid penalties and ensure compliance with the law. Australian Customs Brokers & Logistics is committed to assisting importers in navigating these changes effectively.

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For expert guidance on handling the new vape import regulations and ensuring compliance with Australian customs laws, contact our experienced Customs Broker. Together, we can help you navigate these new regulations and avoid any potential issues with the Australian Border Force.

For more information, refer to the IFCBAA Notice and the actual legislation linked below:
• IFCBAA Notice: Link to IFCBAA Notice
• Actual Legislation: Link to Legislation
• Customs ACN2023/51 Notice: Link to Customs Notice

For personalised assistance and guidance, reach out to Australian Customs Brokers & Logistics today at our website here.

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