In early May, biosecurity officers conducted an inspection on an incoming passenger at Perth International Airport who had declared nothing on their incoming passenger card.
Upon inspection, biosecurity officers found the passenger had more than 1.8kg of pork sausage and 360g of donkey glue, with both products posing a biosecurity risk.
Biosecurity officers issued the passenger with a $3,300 infringement notice and referred the passenger to the Australian Border Force for visa cancellation.
Department Secretary and Australia’s Director of Biosecurity, Andrew Metcalfe AO said our biosecurity officers are working hard to ensure we keep foot and mouth and other pests and diseases out of Australia.
“Our message is loud and clear – if you are in doubt, declare your items. It’s the safest option. We will be checking, and we are grateful that the vast majority of travellers do the right thing,” Secretary Metcalfe said.
Travellers who have their visa cancelled are removed from Australia on the earliest available flight and can face an exclusion period of three years before they are able to reapply for a visa.