A Quarantine Officer
is present at the International Mail Centre in Apia
during operating hours Monday to Friday.
All incoming parcels and packets are screened for
risk items and some mail items will require further
inspection to determine the extent of the Quarantine
risk of contents.
This inspection will normally take place at the time
that the owner of the mail comes to the Apia Post
Office to collect it.
In rare cases (e.g. where an obvious insect infestation
is seen) the Quarantine Officer may need to inspect
and deal with the risk before the owner arrives to
collect the parcel.
Examples of international mail items that
require inspection include;
- Wooden items
- Meat products, salami's
- Foodstuffs, especially honey and honey products
- Medicines, including chinese medicines
- Cane and bamboo items
- Souvenirs containing bone, shell or animal hair
People can assist the facilitation
of overseas parcels by ensuring that their relatives and
friends are dissuaded from sending risk goods through the
mail, and to ensure a full and detailed declaration is made
on the parcel.