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Bringing wine into Australia

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Bringing wine into Australia

We will be flying into Sydney prior to boarding a cruise ship. We would like to bring a case of wine from our home cellar to enjoy on the ship. Are there duties, customs, etc. that we should be aware of before finalizing our decision? BTW - we travel with an airline approved wine carrier that holds a case and we check it as luggage. Any advice will be appreciated.

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1. Re: Bringing wine into Australia

Not a case....

You will have to pay customs duties

customs.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Alcoh…

http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4352.asp

You get 4.5 litres for free..... (I have assume 2 given you used we)

Edited: 1:58 pm, November 06, 2013
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2. Re: Bringing wine into Australia

Just another thought...

does your ship allow you to bring aboard your own alcohol? Many do not

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3. Re: Bringing wine into Australia

And if they do, better still to buy a case of the good Australian stuff here.

Edited: 2:41 pm, November 06, 2013
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4. Re: Bringing wine into Australia

You will need to declare any alcoholic drinks over your duty free concession of 2.25L per adult.

You would then be charged duty/tax.

The tax for wine is surprisingly reasonable compared to that for spirits. You need to just make sure you carry the original purchase receipts.

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5. Re: Bringing wine into Australia

Without being too lopsided about this conversation, is it seriously worth your while lugging a case of wine from home? Its akin to Australians carting burgers over to the US for a holiday. I think for both convenience and experience, sample the local stuff.

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6. Re: Bringing wine into Australia

Carnival Cruises (so need to check your cruise line) specifcally don't allow alcohol to be taken on by passengers - T&Cs number 19

19. ALCOHOL & GAMBLING

Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board. We are committed to the responsible service of alcohol. There may be times when we consider it appropriate to refuse the service of alcohol to a guest for any reason. Guests must be 18 years or over to purchase or consume alcohol, or gamble on board. Government issued photo identification may be requested (Queensland 'Adult Proof of Age Card' will be accepted, however the older version of Queensland 'Card 18+ will not be accepted). Anyone who attempts to purchase alcohol by using false identification or the Sail & Sign card of a Guest who is eighteen or older will be deemed in violation of this policy. Any Guest eighteen or older who attempts to or purchases alcohol for any guest under eighteen will also be deemed in violation of this policy. Carnival has the right to disembark any guest who violates this policy and as well as any adults traveling with minors who violate this policy or any other shipboard regulation.

Any alcohol purchased in the vessel’s gift shops or at a port of call will be collected by us for safe keeping and will be returned to you on the last day of your cruise. Any uncollected alcohol will be discarded after the cruise and no compensation will be given.

Edited: 10:50 pm, November 06, 2013
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7. Re: Bringing wine into Australia

Hi,

Clause 19 sounds like "Catch 22". Sounds like gangs of fun, still at least there wasn't a mention of keel hauling.........was there?

Looks like you will have to try some of the Antipodean tipples. Hill of Grace or Grange Hermitage may be to your liking?

Cheers,

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8. Re: Bringing wine into Australia

just stay away from Yellow Tail

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9. Re: Bringing wine into Australia

or Yellowglen....

as with wine all over the world, price is an excellent indicator of quality......(she says, bracing herself for the barrage).......

I would suggest a visit to Dan Murphy (there's one almost on the way from the airport), pick up a mixed dozen and save yourself the hassle of carting it half way across the world and paying duty. They have wines from all over the world .....ours are the best......(she braces herself again!)

Be aware of this important clause:

>>Be aware that if you exceed Australia’s duty-free limits, duty and tax will apply on ALL items of that type (general goods, alcohol or tobacco), not just the goods over the limit.<<

So if you bring 12 bottles, you DON'T get to claim 4.5 L of that as a duty free allowance.

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10. Re: Bringing wine into Australia

just stay away from Yellow Tail

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Americans love the stuff.

I was speaking to a representative from Casella wines earlier this year. Casella wines used to be the number 1 importer of wines by volume, into the USA. Most of it yellow tail. They have dropped down to number 5 or so now.

I joked with him that yellow tail was a bit like Fosters. You have to sell it overseas as no one in Australia will drink it.