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Can I bring - Clay and Glazes ?

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Hello All, 

I am planning to move to Perth next year (awaiting visa grant) and I can't seem to find an answer anywhere to my question.

My hobby is ceramics.  I have a couple of kilns, potters wheel and various tools that if cleaned thoroughly will be no issue to ship. but I can't find a straight answer about my stock of clay and glazes.

I have several bags unopened of clay and also my glazes which I would like to ship along with the rest of my items.  ( they can be shipped separately if needs be! ) any open bags of clay, I will leave behind!   

It is obviously an organic material so I know it's not as easy as popping it in a container with the rest of my house, but they are also from a global supplier and is not clay I have produced myself, The supplier I use does send the products to Aus, and the glaze itself is also available in Aus. but to replace it all will cost a small fortune.

I've searched the Government bio-security sites and asked our prospective shipping agents but can't get a clear answer.   

Has anyone come across this before or can point me in the right direction to solving the problem.

Currently it's proving easier to get my two cats into Aus than me and my clay ! 😂

Many Thanks.



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Pure mineral clays are not organic and are not deemed a biosecurity risk.  AQIS are the people who deal with this.  This link contains the import conditions which basically states that if you have a manufacturer's declaration or commercial invoice it's not subject to quarantine: https://bicon.agriculture.gov.au/BiconWeb4.0/ImportConditions/Conditions?EvaluatableElementId=315442&Path=UNDEFINED&UserContext=External&EvaluationStateId=f2d38f7a-8606-4fca-80d4-f32732704182&CaseElementPk=865361&EvaluationPhase=ImportDefinition&HasAlerts=True&HasChangeNotices=False&IsAEP=False

We import rock soil and sand an awful lot for geochemical testing, it is kind of hard to navigate the system.


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