Nicotine E-Liquid From New Zealand To Australia: What You Need To Know

As popular and necessary as e-liquids are to individuals trying to quit smoking, the sale of vape juice containing nicotine is illegal in Australia.

This is why Aussie’s many vapers turn to New Zealand vape shops to import e-juice.

If you’re interested in knowing the safest and legal ways for acquiring these products, read on to learn about nicotine e-liquid from New Zealand to Australia and what you need to know.

How The Situation Currently Stands


You can walk into a vape store and buy pretty much any vaping accessory.

What you cannot do is purchase the nicotine e-liquid that most vapers find essential to switch from smoking to vaping.

The illegality of e-liquids here in Australia is limited only to the sale of said substance and how much you can have at any one time.

Fortunately, Australia allows the import of e-liquids. Many vapers have chosen to have their supply shipped directly from New Zealand.

This is a favoured spot because of both the fast shipping and inexpensive fees.

Is it Legal to Import Nicotine e-Liquid From New Zealand to Australia?


Yes, under the law, you’re allowed to take receipt of e-liquid shipments from New Zealand to Australia.

The government acknowledges that there are items on their controlled substance list that provide therapeutic benefits. Australian law looks at e-nicotine as your attempt to legally and safely wean yourself off cigarettes.

Hence, the idea is that your need for any vaping accessories is a necessity if under the advice of a doctor.

The process does come with regulations.

  • For full compliance, you need a doctor’s prescription to receive e-liquids. While a vendor may not ask for the prescription, be aware a customs agent could in theory request it during shipment pickup. We have heard reports of this ever happening, but if you do indeed have a prescription, keep a copy on your phone for easy use.
  • There are limitations to importing e-liquids. You can order only a three month supply at any one time. Over the course of a year, the limit is a 15 month supply.

There is no specific amount attached to getting nicotine e-liquid from New Zealand to Australia.

How much you use in the three month period is generally allowed to dictate your order. But if the bulk appears excessive, you open yourself up to possible investigation.

Proposed Importation Banning


The idea Australia has contemplated banning the importation of e-liquids has been an issue for some time. Rightfully, they hope to prevent the obvious expansion of vaping in younger people, especially minors.

The ultimate goal is to facilitate legal access to e-cig accessories.

Unfortunately, the internet and mail order makes it difficult to stop youths from engaging.

The government continues to hammer away at the regulations in order to clarify nicotine poison classification and how to contain distribution. The Health Department still has a proposed ban on their books, but they won’t make a final decision until 2021.

For now, adult Australians may import nicotine vaping liquids from New Zealand.

As long as transactions happen within the confines of the law, there will be no reprisal. There have been many attempts to ban e-liquids but they haven’t been successful to date. (More further down.)

Importation Taxes on e-Liquid


As long as you are legally purchasing e-liquid nicotine between New Zealand and Australia for personal use only, there are no tax prohibitions if purchases are under AU $1000.

This doesn’t include any applied discounts or coupons. If your planned purchase without any savings is over the threshold, your transaction will be liable for tax.

Reviewing Shipping Methods


There are two ways to ship e-liquids.

DHL Express


It’s recommended Australians use DHL Express for their shipments.

This is for fast delivery and an exceptional tracking system. It also avoids clearance issues with customs.

DHL requires full names for shipping. Parcels with only initials get delayed by Customs until a shipper confirms the shipment. This holds up your receipt.

Part of the DHL process is preparing shipments as quickly as possible so they can be ready for DHL shipment deadlines, which are two in the afternoon.

AUS Post Delivery


Standard shipping is not an express courier system, so it will take longer. Parcels have to transverse thousands of ocean kilometers to reach their destination.

While a parcel from New Zealand can reach Australia in a day, when the parcel actually arrives at your home is first dependent on Australian Customs.

And once Customs releases the package, you have to wait until the local postal service delivers the shipment to your residence.

Australia Post doesn’t provide high-res tracking on international shipping. Days can pass without any tracking of your shipment as it moves through depots and facilities.


  • Cost: Standard – $10 for orders under $50, free for orders between $50–$150; DHL – $18 for orders between $50–$150, free for orders over $150 or weighing more than 2 kg
  • Average delivery times: Standard – 3–10 days; DHL – 1–3 days (with added time based on region. Take note it’s not unusual for DHL to leave a parcel with Australia Post or another courier.)
  • Customs Clearance: Standard – No; DHL – Yes
  • Priority Dispatch: Standard – No; DHL – Yes
  • PO Box/Parcel Locker Delivery – Standard – Yes; DHL – No

What You Need to Know About e-Liquids


E-Liquids are a vape accessory. They contain propylene glycol, water, vegetable glycerin, flavorings, and nicotine. In most formulations, either propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin is the dominant ingredient. The balance influences the different types of e-liquid. Some formulations have no nicotine at all.

E-Liquids are harmless as long as you apply them responsibly. They must never be swallowed or come in contact with the skin. You should thoroughly wash your hands after handling e-liquids or any skin they touch. If there’s still an adverse reaction, such as feeling unwell, contact your medical professional or a poison center immediately.

The Safe Storage of e-Liquids?


Take note of any expiry dates. The product does contain food-based components that can expire and impact the potency.

It would be best if you also considered the following before using e-liquids.

  • Has the product’s odor changed?
  • Is the density or thickness of the e-liquid different?
  • Has the original colour changed?

Store your e-Liquids in a dark, cool place.

Exposure to too much light or heat can dynamically affect any food substances and decrease the lifespan of the product.

Do not open more than one package at a time. You prolong the product by keeping it sealed.

When you employ proper safety measures, the average e-liquid has a shelf life of two years.

What to Do With an Expired e-Liquid


Expired liquids for vaping are dangerous to ingest. The expiration warns you the substance may have an imbalance or combination of imbalances that may be harmful. This can mean a loss in flavor, an imbalance in the nicotine content, and a lack of vapour.



Stay in accordance with the law so that you are legally getting e-liquids. Use the most convenient shipping processes to get your product.

Pay attention to expiration dates and proper storage to always make vaping safe.

If you follow the outlined guidelines, you shouldn’t have trouble getting nicotine e-liquid from New Zealand to Australia.

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