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WALAS and form changes

Wine Australia's Licensing and Approval System (WALAS) increased the number of activities exporters can complete online.

As a result, the number of manual forms available has been reduced.

In particular, freight and shipping companies are advised that shipping exemptions should now be completed in WALAS. Please read the information for freight and shipping logistics agencies here.

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Shipping exemptions 

Licensed exporters must submit a shipping application to Wine Australia for each consignment of wine leaving Australia that is in excess of 100 litres.

The Regulations allow for specific exemptions to the general conditions of export under legislated circumstances. Exporters are exempt from the requirement to hold an export licence and register their products when one of the following conditions are met –

  1. Shipments under 100 litres – defined as a consignment made up of one exporter, or one or more related exporters; on one ship or aircraft; to a single port of discharge; whether or not to one consignee.
  2. Grape product that is:
    • contained in the personal luggage of a traveller
    • belonging to an individual who is moving house, for their domestic use
    • for display at a trade fair or comparable event
    • for a scientific or technical purpose
    • for diplomatic or consular establishments as part of the duty-free allowance of the establishment
    • held on board a means of international transport as victualling supplies
    • commercial samples for a prospective buyer.

You can apply for shipping exemptions through WALAS. Exporters may need to supply supporting documentation including commercial invoices as part of the application.

If you are seeking a one-off exemption contact exports@wineaustralia.com for assistance.


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This content is restricted to wine exporters and levy-payers. Some reports are available for purchase to non-levy payers/exporters.