An Indian-origin woman was slapped with a hefty fine of $400 by New Zealand Customs for not declaring two bottles of cow urine
Wellington: An Indian woman has been fined $400 (R17,000) for bringing cow urine into New Zealand.
Border officials fined her after she failed to declare two bottles containing cow urine as part of her luggage after her flight landed in Wellington.
The incident took place last month. The incident was reported in the ministry’s monthly report released recently.
“When the officers started to inspect the contents of the luggage, they found two bottles of cow urine for medicinal purposes,” said Antony Owen, a senior official.
Owen said the belief that animal products have healing properties can stop people from thinking they need to declare it.
“We probably get things like this because they are related to culture, religion or traditional medicines. When they fall into that category, that can cloud people’s judgement sometimes in what they’re declaring,” he said.