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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Mother's love

When one lands in Australia one has to declare the food items being brought in. If you do not declare them in the quarantine forms provided the authorities can fine you up to A$50,000. This ruling is applicable to passengers as well as crew members.
There were a few stories in the past whereby the crew did not declare food items brought into Australia. They had either forgotten to declare them or ignorant about the rules.
Some guilty crew were let off with stern warnings and other fined.
This was a story which I am going to blog. It happened to a stewardess who landed into an Aussie port and was fined a few hundred dollars for not declaring some food stuff she carried in her bag.
Poor girl cos it wasn't her fault really. Her mother was to blame for it. Mom was worried her stewardess daughter would be hungry when she checked into her hotel. Knowing that her daughter loved to eat meat dumpling (bak chang),mom had taken the trouble to go all the way to Joo Chiat and bought half a dozen for her daughter. Mom packed the bak chang in her bag without telling her daughter about it. Off course Mon didn't realised it was an offence for not declaring the foodstuff into Australia. Poor girl had to face the wrath of the quarantine officers in Australia. Back in S'pore the stewardess was also given a warning by the office.

11 comments:

Customs said...

This is a common occurrence with passengers and crew.

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of a tour which i went with a group of friends. One of them forgot to declare the sng buay she used to counteract air sickness and was confronted by the officer. A quick thinking friend said that it is a form of medication used for air sickness. Luckily she got off with a stern warning!

Customs said...

Luckily she got off with a stern warning!
She got away cos she was a passenger.We are stricter with the crew.

Anonymous said...

Ya, crew should know better than that. What about usual medication for flu, fever? Need to declare at australian customs?

Customs said...

Anonymous said...
Ya, crew should know better than that. What about usual medication for flu, fever? Need to declare at australian customs?........................................Ya u need to declare any edible items incl medicines.

Anonymous said...

Then most people would need to declare.......

Customs said...

You have to declare whatever if you aren't sure of,at least verbally if not in the form.

Anonymous said...

Everyone should do a final check of his luggage before locking it and leaving for the airport, especially if it is packed by somebody else or when somebody puts something into the luggage. Sometimes, there are some food items from the previous trip which we forgot to clear out. If unsure that your bags are free of foodstuffs, you can still do a last minute check before you approach customs/quarantine counter.

Customs said...

Anonymous said...
Everyone should do a final check of his luggage before locking it and leaving for the airport, especially if it is packed by somebody else ............................Custom Officer...very sound advice and thank you.

Anonymous said...

Why now even got customs come and read bohtong blog ar... LOL!

Anonymous said...

The police are also enjoying BT's blog too.