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Can i bring this to Australia?

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1. Posted by zzzjc (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

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I'm going to study in Brisbane soon and it will be nice to be able to bring my tv series along with me. I'm planning to bring about 18disc in total of non original taiwan and korean series. Will i get in trouble at customs in Australia? I would rather my DVDs not be confiscated if i bring them there. And also i would rather not mail them there. Is there really no way to bring them?

2. Posted by JessieG (Full Member 67 posts) 7y

I dont see why you shouldnt be able to, as long as there's no illegal content on them. Worst comes to worst and you'll probably have to let them have a look at a few of them??

Hope you have a good time in Aus!

3. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 7y

If you're worried, you could just stick them on a spool of blank dvds and no-one would know - are they labelled?

4. Posted by lzl (Respected Member 102 posts) 7y

No you won't, I do this all the time. but I do put them in a CD case so they look like they are for real. One customs officer even made a joke about it once, so they obviously know and don't care :-)

5. Posted by zzzjc (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Thx for the advise. Yea some of my disc are labelled. Is that goin to be a problem?

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 7y

Quoting lzl

No you won't, I do this all the time. but I do put them in a CD case so they look like they are for real. One customs officer even made a joke about it once, so they obviously know and don't care :-)

I think it depends if you get them on a good day or a bad day or get a grumpy old man with nothing better to do than mess you around. On the local tv show airport security which shows what customs officers confiscate, when they deny people entry etc, I have seen on a couple of occasions where the customs officer has confiscated the pirate discs. You would have a very good chance of getting in with them as long as you do not have any plant matter, food, drink, medication etc that if you abide by the laws is meant to be declared on the form requiring you to go to the customs inspection lane where your bags get rummaged through. If you go through the nothing to declare lane you will have your bags scanned, but unless they see something of a suspicious nature where you have ticked no on the form but it is most likely a yes, then you will get through. If you have food or something in your bag when it is screened that needs declaring then you will have your baggage rummaged through and may well have the dvd's confiscated unless you get a reasonable person who realises you are not the one to be bothering about dvd's seeing you are not the distributer.

Australian customs officers can be pretty rediculous with pointing out the rules. A few years ago I got in trouble for saying no to the do you have any food question. I didn't remember it but I had a cadbury chocolate bar in my bag (which just happened to be purchased from Australia) and then they gave me a warning and a lecture about filling in the form correctly. I could understand had I brought fruit of vegetables, but a chocolate bar which was exported out of Australia and then brought back in!