Exporters must submit a Shipping Application via the Wine Australia Licensing and Approval System (WALAS) for each consignment of wine leaving Australia that is in excess of 100 litres. The application includes all shipping details and a list of product labels and volumes in the consignment. If the export complies with all requirements, Wine Australia will issue an Export Permit Number. The permit number is required to obtain the EDN (Export Declaration Number) from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
From 1 June 2021, all Australian wine exporters will be required to upload copies of their labels to WALAS prior to submitting a shipping application. As part of the shipping application, exporters will need to make a declaration that the images provided to Wine Australia for the directory reflect the actual labels on the wines in the shipment.
The Regulations allow for specific exemptions to the general conditions of export under legislated circumstances. Exporters are exempt from the requirement to be licensed and register their products when one of the following conditions is met:
- Shipments under 100 litres – defined as a consignment made up of 1 exporter, or 1 or more related exporters; on 1 ship or aircraft; to a single port of discharge; whether or not to 1 consignee;
- Contained in the personal luggage of a traveller;
- For the household of an individual who is moving house;
- For display at a trade fair or comparable event;
- For a scientific or technical purpose;
- For diplomatic or consular establishments as part of the duty free allowance of the establishment;
- For victualling supplies that are held on board a means of international transport;
- Commercial samples for a prospective buyer.
A Shipping exemption can now be applied for via WALAS. Exporters may need to supply supporting documentation including commercial invoice/purchase order etc as part of the application.
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