Huel International Flight to Australia

Hi everyone,

In July I will be flying to Australia for a couple of weeks and I would love to take a full unopened bag of Huel with me to have healthy, affordable food available at any time. I read a few threads here where people told that they didn’t have any issue taking huel with them in the carry-on or checked-in luggage, but at a few occasions people noted that Australian customs are really strict concerning food.

So I was wondering: does anyone have experience taking Huel to Australia/NZ? Is it best to put the full bag in the carry-on (so that I can answer questions) or in the checked-in (risking that they break my luggage to inspect it)?

Fyi: my flights are Brussels -> Perth , Perth -> Sydney and Sydney -> Brussels

Thanks a lot!

Having a full pouch in your carry on will be a PITA and imagine if the bag gets bashed about and the pouch splits.

I’m sure you have to fill in some kind of document and declare if you are bringing any food into the country so it will be declared on that.

If you wanted to be super sure you could contact the Australian embassy and then at least then you would have their reply in writing to take with you.

Thanks, I just emailed the embassy. I hope they will reply soon :slight_smile:

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Just try this on Aussie customs if they ask any questions

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Pre-pack the meals, stack them in the Huel bag. Measuring on the move is a hassle, and I second Coup on the risk of tearing the bag.

Hi Dieter,
we have the Intention to take Huel next year to Australia - did you get any answer from embassy? how was your experience on the flight?

Hi Reisende,

I got an email from the embassy with a link to their website. I already checked their website before and I couldn’t decide whether it was allowed or not, so their mail was quite useless :stuck_out_tongue:

In the end I just put a full, unopened bag of huel in my checked-in luggage, and on the flight I declared it on the paper they give you (food item with seeds iirc). At the airport, customs saw that I declared something on my paper, and asked me what it was. I said ‘kind of vegan protein powder’ and they let me pass without even checking my bag, so no worries. They are kind and reasonable!

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Yes, individually wrapped cling-film pouches of powder all neatly stacked in your luggage, this is the right approach… :flushed:

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Hi Dieter,

thanks a lot for your fast answer. Well, we would need to take quite a lot and we will have a problem if they take it away… You know if they have something similar over there?
Thanks

Hi Reisende,

I was only there for 2 weeks so for me it would have been ok if they took it. I didn’t really check if they have something similar, but I have read somewhere about Aussielent (https://aussielent.com.au/ )
You might have a look there, but I am not sure if it’s as good as Huel.

Anyway, enjoy your travel there! :slight_smile:

I bet @Latestfuels knows something as a complete-nutrition enthusiast

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You kid, but this is pretty much exactly how I travel with powder. Pounds of it.

Works just fine.

Hallo,

Apparently I have been summoned

So my “knowledge” suggest that you should have 0 issues.

  1. From personal experience I had no problems.
  2. Gathering information from other users:
    https://discourse.huel.com/t/traveling-internationally-with-huel/390/13

“I just spent a month traveling through Asia. I took an open bag of Huel (in it’s original package) on 13 different flights through 7 different countries (US, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and India) and didn’t have any problems.”

“I just did a trip from Aberdeen, Scotland to Busan in South Korea via Amsterdam and Seoul. I have 3 un-opened bags (Im here for 6 weeks) that were all checked in. I was stopped by customs at Seoul ( I had to collect my bag and change airport ), they thought I would have something to declare, I told them it is just protein shake and the sent me on my way.”

other forums:
“Food such as prepackaged snacks are generally considered safe because they have been sealed and unlikely to carry any bugs. I carry gluten-free food everywhere when travelling but confine it to things in sealed packs so that there isn’t an issue in any country I go to. Meal replacement shakes which are powder in sealed packets are light to carry and can just be mixed with fresh water purchased wherever you are. Unopened protein bars, chocolate bars, packets of nuts and nibbles are not usually a problem if they are sealed”

One thing i would consider is using an unopened bag, so they know it has not been tampered with.

  1. There is no specific on meal replacements, but they seem to allow similar products for personal use:
  • infant formula:" Infant formula is allowed into Australia for personal use. It must be commercially prepared and packaged and list the country of manufacture on the packaging. The quantity allowed into Australia will depend on the country of manufacture.

If the infant formula is manufactured in an approved FMD-free country, you may bring up to 10 kilograms or 10 litres for personal use, either in passenger luggage or as unaccompanied baggage or by international mail.

For infant formula manufactured in a country that is not on the approved FMD-free country list, you may bring:

  • up to 10 kilograms or 10 litres if accompanied by an infant
  • up to 5 kilograms or 5 litres if not accompanied by an infant
  • Up to 1 kilogram or 1 litre for unaccompanied goods (e.g. goods sent by international mail)."
    Vit-min:

However, perhaps most importantly:
https://bicon.agriculture.gov.au/BiconWeb4.0/ImportConditions/Conditions?EvaluatableElementId=384316&Path=UNDEFINED&UserContext=External&EvaluationStateId=fb7764da-2a73-4c97-a481-762e8ccc7a3a&CaseElementPk=1098726&EvaluationPhase=ImportDefinition&HasAlerts=False&HasChangeNotices=False&IsAEP=False

This is the site where you can more or less check the conditions.
" 1. A Department of Agriculture import permit is not required, providing that the following conditions are met.
2. The goods must meet biosecurity requirements.
To demonstrate compliance with this requirement you must present the following on a Manufacturer’s declaration or Food product label:Evidence that the goods were manufactured in countries approved by the Australian Director of Biosecurity as free from foot and mouth disease (list of countries approved as free from foot and mouth disease).

  1. If documentation is unable to be provided, or the documentation is insufficient, then the goods will be inspected to ensure that they comply with the conditions.
  2. The goods must be commercially prepared and packaged.
  3. The goods must be imported for personal use.

A consignment is considered to be imported for personal use if the goods are:

  1. up to 10 kilograms of solid food, or

  2. up to 10 litres of liquid food.These limits apply per passenger or consignment.

Commercial samples (of any quantity) and goods imported in quantities greater than those listed above must be imported under the non-personal use conditions.
6. These conditions prohibit the goods or any derivatives, to be distributed, sold or used for any purpose other than human consumption or as a human therapeutic.
7. The goods must be clearly identifiable."

Relevant sites:
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/travelling/bringing-mailing-goods
https://bicon.agriculture.gov.au/BiconWeb4.0/

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Sorry mate I (perhaps mistakenly) thought maybe you had done a bit of digging on this topic before. What a brilliant and well researched response though, thank you. A classic @Latestfuels thread-finisher

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It is always great to talk about this kind of things and dig a little deeper. Gives me ideas to write articles, so don’t apologize.

Plus, I get to help people. Win win

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