On your consignment, they will be listed as untreated hardwood framed photographs—just as pictures. They will not be scrutinized unless you are really unfortunate, pack yourself, or use a shady form with which AQUIS has already had issues. If all else fails, check the shipping label. If it says "treated" then don't bother bringing it in.
The only other thing you need to know is that Australian customs officials can be rude. Even after you have cleared international customs and arrived at the airport, if they want to hold up your bag because they suspect something is wrong, they are allowed to do so. This usually happens with expensive luggage full of electronics - cameras, phones, tablets. Sometimes they find something actually stolen and it gets taken away!
So, avoid those problems by treating your wooden photo frame with respect and carrying it by its handle, not its base. Also, declare everything you bring in, even if you think it's not valuable enough to rate as "goods". There are penalties for importing items without declaring them.
Finally, remember that Australian customs officers are human too, so even though they seem very strict, they also have families and eat food too. So don't curse at them or abuse their position, otherwise we'll have trouble moving house again sometime.
Unpainted/unvarnished wood articles: they are normally okay (I have brought similar items from SE Asia into Australia on numerous occasions). It is typically fine as long as the wood is clean (no surface flaws with holes/knots) and there are no visible insects or borers. You should also know that if the article is metal, it will need to be tinned before you send it through the mail.
Painted wooden articles: they may not come through customs if they appear to be handmade. Make sure to use only approved paint types on painted wood articles.
Varnished wooden articles: these can sometimes cause problems at customs. The varnish may be considered a decorative item so it's fine to send it home with your child. However, any wood inside the case must be from a certified forest or plantation otherwise the entire shipment will be sent back to you.
Metal articles: these will need to be tinned before sending them through the mail.
Glass bottles and jars: these cannot be mailed alone - they must go in an accompanying box that meets the maximum weight limit for mailing lists.
Ceramic dishes: not dangerous but also not recommended for shipping via post office boxes because they can break off in the mailbox and be lost. Consider using a courier service instead.
Even though the picture frame is made of glass, it may be transported in hand baggage. While (bigger) glass objects in hand baggage are normally troublesome since they may be categorised as hazardous and considered a possible weapon, picture frames made of glass are frequently accepted at the security checkpoint. However there will be limits to how big it can be and still fit in the bag.
Flights between Canada and the United States are usually very comfortable with ample space to move about. However, due to the limited size of the aircraft cabin, there may not be enough room for large items. If you plan to travel with a large item, please call us at 1-855-PLUM-22 to make sure that it can be transported on your flight.
The transportation of goods by air requires special attention because cargo has to be packed carefully to avoid damage due to movement during transport or when being unloaded at its destination. Packing materials such as boxes or bags should be used to protect valuables such as furniture or ceramics. Goods requiring special care or storage, such as foodstuffs, medicines or chemicals, should be transported according to their instructions for use or storage. All cargo needs to be declared with the airline before boarding (check with your carrier). Certain items may cause problems for other passengers if not handled properly. For example, explosives or weapons must be declared with you prior to boarding. Passengers may be denied boarding if they fail to declare such items.
The simple answer is yes, but they must fulfill stringent biosecurity import requirements. Untreated timber and/or items that exhibit symptoms of past or ongoing infestation pose a risk to Australia's biosecurity... Yes, you can send your wooden items to Australia.
Australia's quarantine regulations apply to all goods entering the country by ship or plane. You will need to complete an import permit application for each shipment and include a copy with your license document when you register your vehicle in Australia. The cost is $A140 for a single item or $A280 for more than one item.
Goods that are classified as "insects" under Australian quarantine regulations include: woodies (wooden objects), such as furniture, shelves, and toys; and plants, such as bamboo and citrus trees. These items must be inspected by a quarantine officer at an Australian port of entry.
Timber harvested in infected areas must be treated to prevent the spread of disease. Public health officials use various methods to detect and eradicate infections in forests, including surveillance systems that monitor tree health and report any outbreaks. When evidence of infection is found, affected areas are treated with chemicals to kill any insects that may be living inside the wood. After treatment, staff inspect the area again to make sure no insects have escaped the first round of spraying.
Because, as you may know, photo frames with glass are permitted in the United States, both in carry-on and checked luggage. Proof of this may be found on the American Transportation Security Agency's (TSA) website: In the United States, glass photo frames are commonly found in hand baggage. A resounding YES to picture frames in checked luggage!
However, if the frame is too large to fit in a bag or if it contains delicate materials such as glass, it should be checked instead.
Also note that metal frames are not permitted in carry-on bags because they can be used to create dangerous weapons. However, if you have a metal frame checked bag fee will apply.
The TSA recommends that you do not pack any of the following items in your luggage:
Batteries - batteries contain acid that can leak out and cause damage to surrounding areas if they are not packed properly. They should be placed in a plastic bag and sealed before putting into your luggage.
CDs/DVDs - CDs and DVDs can break if dropped or subjected to excessive force during transport. This can lead to scattered pieces that could be difficult or impossible to reassemble later. Therefore, they should only be packed in baggage if necessary.
Ceramics/pottery - Like metals, ceramics can burn when exposed to heat or open flames.
A Plane's Frames Glass photo frames are permitted in both carry-on and checked luggage, according to the TSA, but "the final decision lies with the TSA officer." Remember that even if the TSA gives you the go-ahead, you must still comply with the carrier's restrictions. For example, American Airlines allows only flat panel displays in its carry-on bag size.
The best way to fly with a framed photograph is to pack it in your checked baggage. This will ensure that it makes it on board with you. If you have a small enough image, you could also consider packing it in your pocket or purse instead. However, keep in mind that these items require screening too.
If you can't bear to part with your frame, feel free to bring it through security with you. Just make sure it fits under the seat in front of you, since most planes have more than one row of seats on each side. You should be able to find an open spot somewhere on the plane where nobody else wants to sit.
Once you're onboard, just leave like everyone else and enjoy your flight.