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News Article Australia to trial commercial kava imports in 2020

Discussion in 'Kava News' started by kasa_balavu, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. kasa_balavu

    kasa_balavu Yaqona Dina

    https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6434097/morrison-ups-kava-imports-in-nod-to-fiji/?cs=7
  2. verticity

    verticity I'm interested in things

    Good news for kava producing nations and Australia. But I wonder what "commercial imports" means. Will Australians be able to buy kava powder, or will it just mean imports for OTC pharma products?

    Clearly the right just thing to do, but I do nonetheless also wonder about my own selfish interests as a US kava consumer; will we see our prices go up even further?
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  3. kasa_balavu

    kasa_balavu Yaqona Dina

    Yeah it remains to be seen what shape and form that will take. However, commercial imports for OTC pharma products are already legal, so I presume they're talking about allowing the import of real kava.

    That's a very valid concern. The market can't bear much higher prices. With every man and his dog in the Pacific Islands planting kava to take advantage of the current high prices (great for growers), my (selfish) concern was that in 2-3 years prices would drop significantly. The Australian market opening up should keep prices from dropping, but if it causes prices to rise even further, PI farmers will have to start worrying about non-kava nations (Brazil, Indonesia, etc) entering the fray.
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  4. kastom_lif

    kastom_lif Kava Enthusiast

    Might get weird, if QLD decides to get into farming kava. They've got the climate for it.
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  5. Mystic

    Mystic Member

    Kava is available freely on Amazon and Amazon.au
    I can’t believe it, says the program last for two years, already I’m having anxiety about the Government taking it away one day. What do I buy first? I’m in Kava heaven.
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  6. kasa_balavu

    kasa_balavu Yaqona Dina

    The law hasn't changed so importation except when carried by an inbound traveller is still illegal. Unfortunately your kava is likely to get confiscated if you buy it from Amazon.
    You'll have to wait until late in the year for kava to become available inside Australia.
  7. Mystic

    Mystic Member

    In the past Kava was never available to Australia on Amazon. I believe they are now importing it due to the trial this year. Obviously they are not breaking the law and so must have permission from the government. If the item doesn’t arrive you get a refund and there are other reviews from Australia showing up on Amazon. I only found one that was confiscated and he bought it in December. He blamed border patrol for not knowing the new rules and not Amazon. I bought some noble Waka and will let you know how it goes. I was only able to purchase one item of each product.
  8. Henry

    Henry . Moderator The Kava Society of New Zealand

    The trial is for higher personal allowance, not commercial imports. Some vendors have always been shipping to Australia, but this doesn't make it legal. You are still the importer and the customs reg has not changed yet. It is still a crime to import kava by mail into Australia. If you don't believe us, just call your customs.

    The reason why some vendors send it to Aussie is that they know it will not be them who might be facing legal problems, but the customer.
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