Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2009
- Wildlife trade across the border between Papua New Guinea and Australia – what is ok? (PDF - 219 KB)
You CAN trade:
- pandan mats and skirts
- baskets of palm or pandan leaf
- bows of black palm or bamboo
- spears of bamboo, mangrove or wongai wood with steel prong (no bones)
- arm bands of woven palm/pandan leaf
- woven fibre belts/articles (not containing Cuscus fur)
- kundu drums made of file snake and softwood
- sea shells (excluding Giant clam shells and Queen conch shells), and
- fish and crab meat, coconuts (without husks only), yams and sago.
Trade may be restricted for:
- kundu drums made from monitor lizard (goanna) or python skin
- woven fibre articles containing cuscus fur
- beads made of seeds
- wood carvings, and
- giant clam and queen conch shells.
These items may be protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), therefore permits may be required for movement between countries.
You CANNOT trade:
- live animals, including birds
- live plants
- fresh fruit and vegetables
- meat, feathers, eggs and other animal products, and
- dugong or turtle meat and products.
These items can carry exotic pests and diseases into the Torres Strait or they may be protected endangered species under CITES.
For more information on CITES and permits:
Telephone 02 6274 1900