General information about exports
Every wine leaving Australia as part of a shipment of more than 100 litres must be registered with Wine Australia prior to export. In order to obtain approval, a Continuing Approval Application (CAA) for each product must be forwarded to the Wine Australia Compliance Centre. The application requires analysis details for each wine and the compositional details of the vintage, variety and geographical indication of the wine. Registered products are issued a Continuing Approval Number.
The CAA can be submitted online via the Wine Export Approval system or by form. A proforma CAA is available from your analyst or from Wine Australia at http://www.wineaustralia.com. It can be found at this website through the Regulatory Services section under Exporting Wine, fees and forms.
Use this Continuing Approval Number on your Shipping Application.
Return the completed Shipping Application to Wine Australia for an Export Permit Number (EPN). This number must be quoted when applying for an Export Declaration Number (EDN) [also known as a Customs Authority Number (CAN)] to the Australian Customs Service (ACS). The EDN is obtained by completing the Export Declaration either electronically or manually.
The EDN must be on the Export Receival Advice (available from the shipping company) that accompanies the containers or cases to the wharf or delivery depot, otherwise the cargo will not be accepted.
NOTE: Many countries have their own certification requirements as well as minimum and maximum standards for some wine components. The information on the following pages gives the requirements and specifications for most export destinations.
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Wine Australia’s Export Market Guides provide information on duties and taxes, labelling regulations and other country-specific export requirements as well as some brief market information on the wine market size and scope, consumption trends and import analysis, and Australia’s positioning. The guides are updated as market and trade conditions change. The Export Market Guides are available free to winegrape and export levy payers while other users can purchase access.
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Content last updated: December 2018