Import certificates

Import Certificates

Some country authorities or importers require additional certification. Refer to the Export Market Guide for country specific information.

Wine Australia can authorise certificates of free sale, certificate of origin and VI1 certificates, stamped and signed on Australian government letterhead. Allow 24 hours for processing. Fees are charged

Exporters can now apply for most certificates online via WALAS.

China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

Wine Australia has been recognised as an Authorised Body under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement to issue certificates of Origin (CoO) for exports of wine and wine products. Under the agreement, only wine consignments accompanied by the ChAFTA CoO will be able to claim the tariff reductions.

Refer to DFAT’s ChAFTA frequently asked questions for further advice.

Certificates of Origin

Wine Australia can issue Certificates of Origin for consignments that have been granted an export approval number. Certificates of Origin for Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore need to be obtained via the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Certificates of Origin under the Japan (JAEPA) and South Korea (KAFTA) agreements can be obtained either via the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry or exporters can self-certify. For more information consult the relevant Export Market Guide

VI-1 Certificates for the EU and the UK

Unless an exemption applies, wine exported to the EU and the UK must be accompanied by a VI-1 document.

In accordance with Article 26 of EU Regulation 2018/273 (retained by the UK), Wine Australia is responsible for issuing VI-1 documents for wine exported from Australia to the EU and the UK.

Under the relevant legislation, there is no requirement for these documents to be printed by Wine Australia, rather they must be issued by Wine Australia.

Accordingly, as part of the export control process, Wine Australia issues security encrypted VI-1 documents (in PDF format) in the Wine Australia Licensing and Approval System (WALAS) after being furnished with the relevant information by an exporter, including a certificate of analysis from a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory.

The exporter or its agent then has the option of printing or downloading that VI-1 document and providing it to the relevant EU or UK authority.

Under the current system, Wine Australia is printing and sending the VI-1 documents that are issued in WALAS to exporters. However, upgrades to WALAS will soon allow exporters to choose whether they would like Wine Australia to continue to print the documents issued in WALAS, or whether they would like to print the documents issued in WALAS themselves.

 If you have any questions about VI-1 documents, please contact (08) 8228 2000 or exports@wineaustralia.com  

Exemptions to the Requirement to have a VI-1 Document for Exports to the EU and the UK

You do not need a VI-1 document for wines exported from Australia to the EU or the UK that is:

  • labelled containers of not more than five litres fitted with a non-reusable closing device where the total quantity transported, whether or not made up of separate consignments, does not exceed 100 litres
  • in quantities not exceeding 30 litres per traveller contained in the personal luggage of travellers
  • in quantities of not exceeding 30 litres, sent in consignments from one private individual to another
  • forms part of the belongings of private individuals who are moving house;
  • for trade fairs -  provided that the products in question are put up in labelled containers of not more than two litres fitted with a non-reusable closing device
  • imported for the purpose of scientific or technical experiments, subject to a maximum of 100 litres
  • or bound for diplomatic, consular or similar establishments and imported as part of their duty-free allowance
  • held on board international means of transport as victualling supplies.

Organic Certificate

Grape products that claim to be ‘organic’, ‘biodynamic’, ‘biological’ or ‘ecological’ must comply with the provisions of the Export Control (Organic Certification) Orders issued under the Export Control Act, 1982. These orders make it illegal to export organic produce without a certificate issued by an accredited organisation that verifies the nature of the product.

Wines labelled with an ‘Organic’ claim must be certified by a certifying organisation approved by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. The exporter must provide a copy of the organic produce certificate for each shipment of an organic wine in order to gain export approval. Organic certificates can be uploaded via WALAS during the shipping application process.


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