Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19

Thread: Importing the kitchen: dried beans, rice, barley, etc...

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    USA=>Welly=>BoP=>USA
    Posts
    368

    Default Importing the kitchen: dried beans, rice, barley, etc...

    I can't find these on MAF lists or in a search of the forum.

    I'm packing the kitchen. Do I have to throw away all my specialty rice, dried beams, and grains such as barley, cracked wheat, quinoa, rye, etc...? Or may I just leave them in the jars I keep them in and pack them as "staples" or "dried food" or what?

    Thanks for your help.

    Nathan


    PS I just found a case of really nice Belgian beer in the wine closet!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Wellington NZ
    Posts
    239

    Default

    Pantry items are fine, so long as you omit items on MAF's prohibited items list. Dried beans and grains should be OK.

    It's best if you pack all of it into one or two boxes rather than spread across many boxes. MAF inspections are more likely when food is in a box, and your inspection fee goes up as they inspect more boxes.

    You need to know EXACTLY what's inside; 'staples' will be considered an inadequate description on its own. It is possible to avoid MAF inspection (we did) but to do so you need to be able to answer every question they might ask with confidence, and detailed inventory helps with that.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    490

    Default

    Ah, quinoa! We should share a meal when we arrive in NZ!

    When crossing the border into Canada for a backpacking trip many years ago, customs came across a jar of teff and disappeared with it for a long while...and came back empty handed.

    If in doubt (and you can get it in NZ) leave it behind - they're heavy and some of these things run only a dollar or two a pound - is it really worth shipping?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    USA=>Welly=>BoP=>USA
    Posts
    368

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by migratory birds View Post
    ... - is it really worth shipping?
    I don't see a point in shipping empty storage jars if I'm allowed to ship them with the contents....which I'll end up buying anyway. I like a well stocked kitchen!

    Quote Originally Posted by barryp View Post
    ... - pack all of it into one or two boxes rather than spread across many boxes. ...
    Yes! And it's so much easier to unpack and put away if it's packed with some organization.

    Thanks!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    2,691

    Default

    I asked about dried pulses...MAF said no....there is a very tiny remote possibility these things could grow...
    Also there is risk that these dried goods could be contaminated with weevels or other insects/eggs etc.

    Also not allowed 'whole' herbs/spices e.g. whole nutmeg/cardamon pods etc or any seeds. But you can bring any of these if they are ground product and in schwartz jars or similar.....I guess in these quantities risk is acceptable. I brought over all my ground spices...would have cost a fortune to replace.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Cambridge, Waikato
    Posts
    2,586

    Default

    Beans and stuff are a definite no-no. They took our juggling balls at Auckland airport because they were stuffed with beans!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Hamilton NZ
    Posts
    372

    Default

    Where can I find the site for MAF - to see whats allowed and whats a no-no

    Thanks
    Jayne

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Browns Bay, North Shore
    Posts
    863

    Default

    OH has spent 5 hours so far today emptying our kitchen cupboards, she has binned everything, all my herbs and spices, any dried products, all tinned stuff has been given away - what am I having for tea??

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Christchurch 2nd October07
    Posts
    91

    Default

    I guess a takeaway is in order

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Dairy Flat, Auckland
    Posts
    1,748

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian and Jayne View Post
    Where can I find the site for MAF - to see whats allowed and whats a no-no

    Thanks
    Jayne

    Here we go. Its a bit confusing so take your time


    http://www.maf.govt.nz/quarantine/index.htm

    Dave and Caroline

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •