Increase in seizures prompts warning to potential importers of products containing cannabis

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is warning those attempting to import products containing cannabis or cannabidiol (CBD) oil their items will be seized at the border and they may face prosecution, unless they have permission to import the goods prior to them arriving in Australia,.

The warning follows a marked increase in the number of items containing cannabis, commonly referred to as CBD products, being intercepted by ABF officers and referred to Australian Federal Police (AFP) for further investigation and/or seizure.

Items regularly stopped by ABF officers include hemp or CBD gummies, oils and skin care products claiming to have health benefits or therapeutic uses. Products making therapeutic claims must comply with the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

Cannabis products are not permitted to be imported using the personal importation scheme because they contain a substance which is prohibited under the Customs Act 1901. Only licenced sponsors can import cannabis products for medicinal purposes

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