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    Default Cedar shoe trees, etc.--Can I bring them in through customs?

    I have cedar shoe trees and cedar pieces that will be packed with my clothes in the container, as well as some cedar pieces that will go in my suitcases to keep everything smelling fresh on the 3 week tour before I get on the plane.

    I searched the customs site and I know it has to be declared. However, will there be any problems bringing it through at the airport? Has anyone else brought them with them through customs?

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    It seems to me that furniture-quality wood products are OK. At least that's the impression I got when I cruised through the MAF "banned items" list. They might even allow kiln-dried lumber.

    You could start here for some bedtime reading: Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry, New Zealand

    Just traipsing through that site, I found this quote, which was about plant products which were even more suspect than cedar: "Please note these items are NOT necessarily prohibited, they require inspection. In many instances a declaration as to the state of manufacture may lift this requirement. Our inspections are generally to determine cleanliness and the presence or otherwise of insects or prohibited items" (source page: Personal Effects). It sounds like you need to declare wood products.
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    The last time we visited NZ we took some wooden items through with us and went into the 'something to declare' queue. The officer gave them a good looking over with a magnifying glass (looking for worm holes etc. no doubt) but then handed them back to us without comment.

    I think the key points are that the wooden items are free of any suspicious holes or nooks and crannies where beasties can hide out and then to declare the items, don't try to sneak them through, just in case. They make it very clear that you'll get stung if you do.
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    There's a good chance that your shoe trees wouldn't actually be inspected unless you declared them. Even then, I don't think they would be a high priority for MAF. I reckon professional packers would wrap them in paper and put them in a box marked 'Clothing' with other miscellaneous wardrobe items.

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    Thanks Koko and MB ... I tried searching through the MAF site myself and *bleh*. You make a good point about the nooks and crannies. I have little cedar balls (oh, grow up!) for my suitcase, so I'll sort out the best looking ones to take with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiHopeful View Post
    ....... as well as some cedar pieces that will go in my suitcases to keep everything smelling fresh on the 3 week tour before I get on the plane.
    They help keep the moths away as well. I've got some cedar hoops to put over our clothes hangers (plus a lot of other things) as the moths here carry giant knife and fork sets.
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