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Old Sep 1st 2012, 7:05 pm
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Did any of you bring wicker, seagrass, rattan etc goods with you? I have been advised not to but I have a whole collection of baskets which I am loathe to leave behind and am wondering what the reality of the restrictions are?
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Our shippers said these would not be allowed in so we got rid
of them.
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No problems with any of my wicker baskets from shippers (haven't reached NZ yet). Just make sure you clean them really well (vaccum). I think it is more a sign of lazy shippers tbh. There should be no problem if they are clean.
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Did any of you bring wicker, seagrass, rattan etc goods with you? I have been advised not to but I have a whole collection of baskets which I am loathe to leave behind and am wondering what the reality of the restrictions are?
as long as they have been treated, then no problems, when we went we took a three piece bamboo sett maf never even looked at it
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Our shippers said wicker is fine, no need even to treat. They said they would be more interested in the older type of wicker i.e. lloyd loom type things as most of the modern stuff comes from china or thereabouts anyway. Dont throw out your baskets etc just hoover them thoroughly, that should be fine. We have a wicker settee set plus loads of baskets and linen chests etc all wicker and im taking it all.
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Did any of you bring wicker, seagrass, rattan etc goods with you? I have been advised not to but I have a whole collection of baskets which I am loathe to leave behind and am wondering what the reality of the restrictions are?
We didn't want to take any chances so I got rid of my seagrass basket which was big enough for recycled newspapers. I also got rid of the wicker waste paper baskets too.

However, that still left an ornamental ostrich egg, leather belts, shoes and handbags, a silk dress, sheepskin underlay, wooden ornaments.

MAF were interested in the ornamental ostrich egg but could see it had been professionally treated so it was ok. MAF were all over our hoover but it passed. He also looked at the wooden ornaments not least because they originated in Africa where my husband went overlanding back in 1993.

Everything was ok. MAF asked abou the tent. The truth was it hadn't been used since we were camping on the South Island in 1997 !

So, all of our stuff passed. It occured to me several months later that MAF took no interest in the wooden spoons and wooden chopping boards from the kitchen. Yes they were used but clean, my point being is there a microscopic bio hazard from the food that has been prepared using these utensils. Anyway, never mind.

Good luck with all your plans.
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We didn't want to take any chances so I got rid of my seagrass basket which was big enough for recycled newspapers. I also got rid of the wicker waste paper baskets too.

However, that still left an ornamental ostrich egg, leather belts, shoes and handbags, a silk dress, sheepskin underlay, wooden ornaments.

MAF were interested in the ornamental ostrich egg but could see it had been professionally treated so it was ok. MAF were all over our hoover but it passed. He also looked at the wooden ornaments not least because they originated in Africa where my husband went overlanding back in 1993.

Everything was ok. MAF asked abou the tent. The truth was it hadn't been used since we were camping on the South Island in 1997 !

So, all of our stuff passed. It occured to me several months later that MAF took no interest in the wooden spoons and wooden chopping boards from the kitchen. Yes they were used but clean, my point being is there a microscopic bio hazard from the food that has been prepared using these utensils. Anyway, never mind.

Good luck with all your plans.
Ours was just boxed and no questions were ever asked.
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Both times we came we brought Wicker and sea grass we wipped with jeys and it was fine, we also brought garden tools alcohol and outdoor plant pots and untreated garden furniture no problems just label clearly!
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Both times we came we brought Wicker and sea grass we wipped with jeys and it was fine, we also brought garden tools alcohol and outdoor plant pots and untreated garden furniture no problems just label clearly!
Presumably you have to pay duty on consumables such as alcohol? I'm thinking of bringing a few months of Pampers as we were in NZ for about a month recently and I couldn't find any nappies that didn't leak the whole time and it was a nuisance - she's just not the right shape for Huggies! I was assuming I'd have to pay import duty if I put consumables like that in my shipment?
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Presumably you have to pay duty on consumables such as alcohol?
We brought alcohol with us, about 5/6 bottles if I remember correctly, in our container and as long as its not excessive amounts its just treated as `personal effects`. No duty to pay.
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We brought alcohol with us, about 5/6 bottles if I remember correctly, in our container and as long as its not excessive amounts its just treated as `personal effects`. No duty to pay.
I would never have guessed that! Most places I've been have been pretty strict about limiting the tax-free bit of the container to non-consumables so this sounds good to me. Though I don't think I'd bring many consumables anyway - just some pampers and a few favourite toiletries probably. Might have to work out which alcohol to bring though. Generally a Guinness/Bacardi/Pimms kind of person! Quite like Madeira though which makes me sound about 90 and you rarely find that outside Europe so maybe a bottle or two of that!
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We brought over wicker furniture and other outdoor things, MAF get the packing list and turn up to inspect when you unpack your container (in our case, into a storage facility). MAF wanted to inspect the items they think may have traces of Bio hazard on them, so I had to pull out my walking boots, Wellies, golf shoes etc and they checked the cleanliness of the outdoor furniture, bikes, golf clubs etc. If your are keen with your cleaning, you will have no problems. Word of advice, start a long time before you pack, you'll be surprised how long it takes to do everything!
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