How to send Australian food and wine overseas as a gift
Top tips on sending food and wine overseas from Australia including what to send and how to send it
What food can I send overseas?
As you may already have heard, the common answer to this question on what food or wine you can send from Australia to other countries is ‘it depends’. An annoying answer! It’s true that it does depend on a number of factors including what gift it is and where you’re sending it to, however there are some general rules that apply when sending food to most countries as follows:
- You’ve got more chance of getting food through if it’s non-perishable and have at least 6 months before it expires.
- Perishable food is defined as food with a limited shelf life if it’s not refrigerated. So if you were going to leave it on the bench for a few days and it’d go off, don’t send it. Something like Vegemite is okay, but a juicy Aussie steak is not.
OLIVE OIL AND OTHER LIQUIDS ARE GENERALLY NOT ALLOWED
- If it’s got liquid in it, it will often require special permits to get through or it’s not allowed. If in doubt, leave it out!
LIAN WINE OVERSEAS?
The answer is ‘sometimes’. If you do want to send a bottle or two, you are likely to be charged import taxes and duties by the customs officials in your destination’s country. Sometimes you will also need additional permits. The best guide to sending Australian wine overseas we’ve found is this Fedex advice in this link.
We also recommend some serious cushioning for your wine. We’ve never had problems because our wine is wrapped in bubble-wrap, in a gift hamper box that has wood-wool filling, in another box that has cushioining on it. We’ve heard people sending, for example, 6 or 12 bottles in a case have had the glass smash because there isn’t any additional care taken with this – so be careful!
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SENDING VIA A COURIER VERSUS AUSTRALIA POST?
Oh yes. Australia Post generally will not transport food or wine overseas. So you are likely to need to go through a courier.
The trick with a courier like DHL or Toll is that, while their service is excellent, you WILL be charged local taxes and duties at your destination, 100% of the time. If you don’t want your receiver to pay these, you will need to notify the courier that these fees need to be charged back to you. The fees vary depending on the country, and may not apply to food but DO apply to alcohol (in general). So for example, to send a $30 bottle of wine may cost you anywhere between $10 and $50 in duties.
Are there any countries that are easier to send to than others?
Yes! Generally Spain and Italy are extremely difficult to get food and wine to (from Australia or any other country), as on top of general customs rules, they have local requirements for a sanitation certificate that delays and causes difficulty. We recommend avoiding sending any type of food tor wine to these countries if you can.
DO I REQUIRE SPECIAL DOCUMENTATION?
Yes. It’s best you talk to the local courier about these requirements, and check on the Australia Post International Guide as they are very clear about what needs to be marked on your parcel to make it clear that it’s a gift.
You may avoid paying duties and taxes if it’s under (quite low) limits some countries set. Other countries will charge you regardless so it’s best to check.
- Our Australian gift hampers we send to the UK , USA, and Canada and our International Delivery Policy
- Detail on what you can send to each country is given here by Australia Post
- Detail on rules on what wine can be sent from Australia to each country is here
- How to avoid mistakes made when sending Australian gifts overseas
- How to send an Australian gift to India
- 4 Biggest Mistakes Australians make when sending a gift to USA and how to avoid them
- Postage costs from Australia to the UK
- UK Taxes and duties on gifts and the 4 Most Common Mistakes Aussies make when sending presents to England
- Details on sending an Aussie gift to France and our presents we send to France