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Hello, I'm from Australia and currently in the process of starting my own distillery. I plan on initially making Vodka and Gin as I do not have the capital to purchase and store barrels to make Whiskey. I was recently contacted by a friend of mine in Asia who would like me to whiskey for him. He would import it into his country and bottle and label it under his own brand. I told him that in Australia whiskey must be aged in a wood barrel for a minimum of 2 years. He told me that these rules do not apply in his country and whiskey aged for a couple of months on oak chips would suffice. In Australia the law states that: Excise Act 1901 For Australian manufactured goods, the Excise Act 1901 as amended by “The Excise Laws Amendment (Fuel Tax Reform and Other Measures) Act 2006” stipulates: “Section 77FI - Delivery from CEO’s control of brandy, whisky or rum (1) Brandy, whisky or rum manufactured in Australia must not be delivered from the CEO’s control unless it has been matured by storage in wood for at least 2 years. Does anyone have any experience with exporting or selling whiskey aged on oak chips for less than 2 years? Is there any way to get around this law?
Scott @ Twenty2Vodka posted a topic in DistributionCuriious about other small biz's experience exporting to other contries (originating within the US). What has the experience been like? How do you get paid? Do they pay first, then you ship? Or do you ship product over there with terms? Do you count on just your importer to market your products? or do you have a representative over there? Are there certain countries that are easier to deal with than others? I understand no US Federal Excise Tax liability on exports, but what about the destination country’s customs import tariffs? I’ve found some on a country-by-country basis, anyone have a good resource that lists all countries tariffs on one page? Russia: http://www.russian-customs-tariff.com/SectionIV/Chapter22.html Canada: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-commerce/tariff-tarif/2012/01-99/tblmod-eng.html Thanks!