Australia’s maturation requirements for imported alcohol

Australia’s maturation requirements for imported alcohol

 

The Australian Border Force (ABF) recently advised of a consultation paper designed to establish a pathway for the importation of unmatured alcohol products based on grape, sugar-cane or grain mash.  Such a pathway would allow the importation of unmatured alcohol products that are similar in nature to brandy, whisky or rum without evidence of maturation, provided the goods are not described or labelled as ‘brandy’, ‘whisky’ or ‘rum’. 

The ABF had noted in that advice that  consultation forums would be set up to provide a platform for industry to understand the proposed model and be in a better position to make submissions on that model by November 30, 2019. (submissions should be sent to traderevenue@abf.gov.au

Dates, as noted below, for these forums have now been advised. If you cannot attend in person but would like to dial in via teleconference please email the ABF and you will be provided with teleconference details .
Consultation sessions

The ABF will be running consultation sessions from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm as follows:

  • Wagga Wagga - 28 October 2019
    Commercial Club, 77 Gurwood Street, Wagga Wagga
  • Sydney - 31 October 2019
    Customs House, 10 Cooks River Drive, Sydney International Airport
  • Melbourne - 4 November 2019
    Customs House, 1010 LaTrobe Street, Docklands
  • Brisbane - 7 November 2019
    Customs House, 20-22 The Circuit, Skygate, Brisbane Airport

To attend one of the above sessions please RSVP to traderevenue@abf.gov.au by COB Tuesday 22 October 2019
 

John Park - FTA