Importing Brandy, Rum or Whisky to Australia
Importing brandy, rum or whisky to Australia can be very costly if you haven’t undertaken all of your homework before purchasing the goods from overseas.
If the country you wish to import brandy, rum, or whisky from isn’t listed below, you will need to do further research to ascertain if the exporting country can provide the correct exporting paperwork you will require before arrival.
You can only import brandy, rum or whisky to Australia if the goods are from the following countries:
14) Puerto Rico
17) Slovak Republic
18) South Africa
20) Turkey and
21) the United States of America.
In Australia, Section 105A of the Customs Act 1901, requires Australian importers to produce Government approved certification [from the exporting country] that the brandy, rum or whisky has been matured in wood for a minimum period of two years before departure to Australia.
If the brandy, rum or whisky arrives in Australia without Government approved certification, the goods will be seized by the Australian Border Force [ABF] and destroyed.
When working with an experienced customs broker like Platinum®, importing brandy, rum or whisky into Australia can be a smooth and efficient process.
Why Choose Platinum® To Customs Clear Brandy, Rum or Whisky
Brandy, rum or whisky imports require meticulous attention to detail from the beginning to the end; your dedicated customs broker will do the following for you. Firstly, we will liaise with your overseas supplier and yourself to ensure that the paperwork for Australian Border Force customs clearance is correct before shipping.
Secondly, before the brandy, rum or whisky arrives into Australia, we would have pre-cleared the brandy, rum or whisky so that the goods can leave the airport terminal or sea freight depot without delay. As these goods have a high probability of pillage and/or damage, they should promptly be removed from the airline terminal or sea freight depot.
As your dedicated customs broker, we will coordinate the supply and logistics path with you and your supplier.
We have seen importers who have imported brandy, rum or whisky and have yet to possess the correct paperwork; the goods have been seized by the ABF and then destroyed, which is a very costly exercise.
Our team of experts has over 23 years of experience navigating the unique challenges presented with brandy, rum or whisky imports; we will work closely with you and your supplier every step of the way.
Whether your supplier is coordinating the shipping and you just need to rely upon us to process the Australian aspects; we would still need to be involved in the procurement process as early as possible. We always aim to remove the ‘problems’ and ‘issues’ before they can occur – this is due to our detailed knowledge and experience in importing brandy, rum or whisky.
If you’re looking for a partner you can trust to handle your most delicate import needs, look no further than Platinum® Freight Management. You can be confident that your brandy imports are in good hands with us!
Types of Brandy, Rum or Whisky That We Can Customs Clear
At Platinum® Freight Management, we can help you to import brandy, rum or whisky that arrives into Australia with correct paperwork from one of the twenty one  countries listed above.
With our comprehensive knowledge and expertise, we can ensure that your brandy, rum or whisky arrives safely, securely, and on time.
Our team of dedicated experts will work closely with you to assess any potential risks and challenges associated with importing brandy, rum or whisky into Australia and will develop a customised forward-thinking plan.
Contact Platinum® Freight Management Today
At Platinum® Freight Management, we understand the unique challenges of importing brandy, rum or whisky into Australia.
We have the experience and expertise to ensure that your shipment is handled quickly, efficiently and in compliance with all international and Australian Regulations.
Contact us today to get started on your next brandy, rum or whisky shipment import.
Frequently Asked Questions About Importing Brandy, Rum or Whisky
Can I import brandy, rum or whisky into Australia?
You can import brandy, rum or whisky, subject to you having 1) Government approved certification to verify that the brandy, rum or whisky has been matured in wood and that 2) the goods have been matured for a minimum period of two years. You will need to be prepared to pay Australian import duty, import GST and to have the goods correctly labelled prior to shipping.
What brandy, rum or whisky cannot be brought into Australia?
If your brandy, rum or whisky does not have a Section 105A Government approved certificate, the goods will be seized by the Australian Border Force [ABF] and then destroyed.
What do I need to import brandy, rum or whisky?
There is a multitude of paperwork and issues that need to be addressed ahead of time so that you can import brandy, rum or whisky to Australia; firstly making sure that you can receive the Government approved certification from overseas, secondly all of the labelling requirements have been addressed on the bottles.