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    Hi,
    Anyone had any experience bring along milk formula for baby/toddler on the plane and/or in your check-in luggage?

    My 20mth and 3yr old kids are still on milk formula (we had these toddler formula for age 2 to 6 readily available in Singapore). It's not their main meal but part of their main diet. My husband are unable to find formula for age 2 and above in NZ (or did he miss any?) hence we're thinking for bringing a few tins over to tie over the first 2 months.

    According to the below website 'dairy product' are consider 'risky goods' which need approval.
    Bringing food in and taking it out of New Zealand
    I've emailed my question to the enquiry form in the above website but no response till now...

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    I doubt that bringing a bit of formula into NZ would be a problem, though you should declare it. I did that with some nuts, and they didn't care.

    The biggest issue will be not exceeding the permitted liquid volume on the plane. There are a few liquids, like formula, that have a larger allowance (6 oz?) than others (3 oz containers that all fit into a quart/litre plastic bag). There's probably official info online, or you can ask a travel agent.
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    Hi selchie,
    Thanks for your advice. I'm thinking of bringing a few tins (total abt 4-5kg). Yap, will certainly need to remember to declare. As the milk forumla is in powder form, exceeding the liquid limit on the plane won't be a problem. We're not using any travel agent so unable to get their advice. Hopefully anyone who brought any milk powder before could share their experience. I wouldn't want to waste a few kg allowance and had them confiscated in the end.
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    It seems they are more concerned with someone bringing in pests on produce, so your powdered formula should be OK. They also might wonder if you're bringing it in to sell, but that amount might not raise any red flags.
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    Hi selchie,
    Thanks it's reassuring to know that :) Counting down now...
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    I'm not sure about milk formula, but I have brought other foods into NZ as I have a serious food allergy. I declare all the food - then it is scrutinised in customs. If I have something that isn't allowed, they throw it away and I'm not fined.

    This doesn't help you much regarding formula.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by selchie View Post
    It seems they are more concerned with someone bringing in pests on produce, so your powdered formula should be OK. They also might wonder if you're bringing it in to sell, but that amount might not raise any red flags.
    Hmmm - I'm not so sure. Cheese isn't allowed. The fact that the powdered formula is processed, might help.

    I took a large salad in a plastic container to eat on the ANZ flight from LAX to AKL. I put the empty container in my bag without washing it. There were traces of boiled egg and lettuce in the bottom of the container (though I had wiped it out with a napkin). The container was confiscated and the fact that I had brought in a trace of egg, was recorded! Though I wasn't fined as I had declared it.

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    Hi,
    Thanks for sharing your experience. I suppose I'll then only bring unopened sealed tin of milk powder with original packaging. Those unfinished one in the baby bag I guess I better discard and wash the powder dispenser clean!
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    Here in the U.S., baby food/formula/bottled breast milk is exempt from the security regulation, above and beyond the 3 oz regulation.

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    It could be that individual airlines have different rules about what you can take on board. Perhaps a call or email to the one you are using might put your mind at rest.
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