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The latest ruling from Customs re Duty Free Alcohol into Australia is:
Please note that families can combine their Australian personal goods allowance. For example, two adults can pool their personal goods allowance to purchase goods worth AUD1800. Alcohol and Tobacco Allowances can not be shared between travellers."
- Up to 2,250ml of alcohol (total)
- One carton of 250 cigarettes or 250g of loose tobacco, plus one opened packet (up to 25 sticks)
- Up to AUD900 worth of personal goods (AUD450 for minors).
I will be travelling with a colleague and would naturally like to use every last millilitre of the combined 4.5L total. However, I am not sure what is meant by the term "Alcohol and Tobacco Allowances can not be shared between travellers".
So for example, could we purchase 4 x 1L bottles and a 500 ml bottle and a single person make payment in company of the second? Or would the stash need to be broken up into 2.25L quantities? That is, each would have to take 2 x 1L bottles with perhaps a little 200ml bottle (or 2 x 1.125L botles)??
These are the big issues in my life... :P
You need to split between the 2
There are some spirits that get sold in a smidgen over 1.1L sizes , so 2 of those would fit in the allowance but there are only certain spirits that come in that amount
e.g. in the US , some spirits are sold in 1 Quart size which is 1.136L. 2 of those would exceed the allowance by 22ml . I doubt that you would have too much issue being over by 22ml
Only likely to work if coming back from US though
The rule about not combining alcohol limits is not rigorously enforced - last time Mrs Opusman and I came back together we had 3 x 1L spirits plus 2 bottles of wine and were happily waved through. So YMMV...
Incidentally, has anyone ever thought to try arguing that the declaration card (which, as they love pointing out on Border Security, is a legal document) only says "alcohol" and not "alcoholic beverage", and therefore the limit should really only apply to the percentage of total alcohol?
If you tick no when over on the permitted allowance of alcoholic beverages, then you may have fun arguing the fine points of the law in court if desired. It would not take away from your attempting to smuggle goods in over the allowance if you did not declare them
Australia is rather good, 2.25l is heaps of spirits each trip into the country
Just get your could ob bottles and enjoy , or maybe suggest your friend travels some more than he does now.
When you travel a bit you stop bringing things for yourself and only get things for others. Or i do, i coud not hope to drink what i can legally import
As it happens though i did read it differently i read it was if you have 4.5L you can put it all in 1 bag for instance and present yourself both to the customs at the same time.
This is the website i was looking at..
duty free concession
I think they cards will not be used much longer anyway for express pass holders... you just goto the kiosk and put your passport in answer you questions on the computer screen and get your ticket and then proceed to the line and it compares your photo and lets you in.
So far i have only seen the question about last 6 days have you been in South Africa but on the way in yesterday my written card was completely ignored, not touched looked at written on or anything, the guy just collected my card from the kiosk only.
I still have my incoming card with me... i notice the last time the card was updated was the 15th time, 10/2008, but i am not sure of the change since i only have the last update in my office at work.
My arrival into Australia will be in Sydney. I then have a domestic flight (different airline) to Melbourne.
Will I be able to treat the alcohol as hand luggage? Since I will have collected my luggage at SYD International, then got the bus to domestic, does this mean I will not have to pass through security again? If I can't treat is as hand luggage, could I put it in my suitcase?
And yes you can of course put things in your bags... since you have to haul them fron international to the re-checkin for domestic.
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