Amount of wine allowed from Italy?

Old Jan 25th, 2005, 11:40 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 3,500
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Our of curiousity, how much was the duty on your champagne?
We'll be in Germany in 2.5 weeks and plan to bring home basically a suitcase of wine
I plan to do as suggested and just write
"gifts (wine, wood ornaments, nutcracker)"
on my customs form but if asked how much wine (and we'd fess up of course), I'm curious as to how duty is calculated.
TexasAggie is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2005, 12:06 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 11,244
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
TexasAggie, if it's under $800, you don't have to write or itimize anything on your customs form. Only if you purchase more than $800.

It was long ago, but I believe it was in the neighborhood of $5 a bottle -- still wines are not a lot. Unless you are bringing cases back, I don't believe they will even bother.
Budman is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2005, 12:14 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 13,194
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
<<Do they limit the amount of wine>>

They key here is - - who is the "they". It's only in a limited sense that they "they" is the US. (federal) Dept. of Customs - - and although it is true you are limited to one liter duty-free there seems to be no limit if you do pay the duty, and the practical side of this is that the customs officials are not interested in whether you list or not, nor do they seem interested in collecting it whether they know you have it or not.

The real "they" is the Alcoholic Beverage Commisssion of the state you arrive in (and you might arrive in one, and ultimately go home to a different state, passing through more than one jurisdiction. Every state has an ABC, and there are urban legends of their confiscating every last drop (but the details seem to be fuzzy on which states did that).

And these laws are theoretically just as applicable to your "importing" ANY alcoholic beverages, even in your car from outside the state, to inside.

Practically speaking, a case or two, or several, seems to be no problem whatsoever. You're more apt to encounter hassles from your airline on the bulk of your packed baggage than from a governmental entity - - though some states might be the exception.

I've brought back a case or two at least a dozen times.

Best wishes,

rex is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Dec 31st, 2007 10:05 AM
Sep 10th, 2006 06:20 AM
May 15th, 2005 01:05 PM
Oct 1st, 2004 12:40 PM
Jan 11th, 2004 01:09 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -