Kava importation, without a permit, may have a bitter end.
This year, the importation of kava has increased from 58 detections, weighing a total of 67 kilograms, in January-February to 739 detections, weighing a total of 2.2 tonnes in July-August โ€“ thatโ€™s a 3000% increase by weight!
The root of the kava plant is traditionally used for therapeutic and recreational purposes by certain cultures, however importing it through the post or by air cargo without a permit is prohibited – and may result in significant penalties.
The spike in detections follows travel restrictions enforced since
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