Just a quick rundown…

Commercial Invoice: When shipping wine to any international destination, the Commercial or Pro Forma Invoice needs to be very specific. The same should apply to both commercial and personal shipments. Many countries charge duties based on the type of wine as well as the alcohol content. In order to avoid customs delays the following information must be clearly indicated:

Quantity (e.g. 6 bottles),

Quantity measurement (e.g. 750ml),

Country of origin (e.g. USA or Argentina),


Vintage if applicable,

Wine type (i.e. Red/ White, Still/ Sparkling),

Percentage alcohol by volume (e.g. 13%),

Unit value (per bottle),

Total value,

If wine is being shipped to a consumer indicate “For Personal Use” or “Gift” as appropriate.

Duties and Taxes: The duties and taxes on alcoholic beverages can be very high. In some countries they can be over 100% of the total. Many countries also assess special excise or luxury taxes to alcoholic beverages. To protect the local wine industry some countries enforce strict licensing requirements.


Electronic Export Information (EEI)- formerly Shippers Export Declaration (SED): Where the value of a wine shipment exceeds USD $2500.00, you are required by law to file EEI for a U.S., Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands export. The EEI must be electronically filed to the Automated Export System (AES) by the U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) (generally this is the exporter) or their designated agent. U.S. Census Bureau uses this information for export control purposes as well as to gather export statistics.