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- RJonesUSC - 06-23-2005 08:51 AM


I'm interested in shipping wine from Italy into the US. I have some family on vacation in Italy right now and they would like to send some of the wine they've already purchased to the US, California specifically. What are the legalities of doing this? If it is legal, how much does something like this cost per case and who would you use to do the shipping?

Thanks in advance.

- Innkeeper - 06-23-2005 04:38 PM

The easiest way is for them to bring it back with them; either in their luggage or in shipping containers usually available at wineries or sometimes at retailers. All the wine should be declared on the customs declaration, and at worst a very small charge will be made. Usually the paperwork is not worth it and they will just be waved through. If they don't declare it, there will be hell to pay.

- jmcginley1 - 06-24-2005 12:50 AM

Claiming the wine at customs is much cheaper than shipping charges.

- RJonesUSC - 07-14-2005 10:12 AM

Well, they ended up having wine shipped from Italy...6 cases to be exact.

A strange note was included along with the package. It read:

To whome it may concern,
We herewith declare that the wine contained in the preesnt package is for laboratory use only and not for direct consumption.

Does anyone know why a note like this would be included with the wine?

- jmcginley1 - 07-21-2005 01:04 AM

hilarious. Probably a cost saver. That's great!

- wineseller31370 - 07-28-2005 05:41 AM

Wondering if anyone of you know or have heard news about states opening up for shipment...GA, TN, MS, AL, PA, and any other states...