Some customs authorities or importers require additional certification for wine imports. Refer to the Export Market Guides for country specific information. Wine Australia is authorised to issue VI-1 documents for exports to the EU and UK and Certificates of Origin for most markets. Wine Australia can also issue Certificates of Free Sale.
Exporters can apply for most export documents online via WALAS. Fees are charged.
China-Australia Free Trade Agreement
Wine Australia is an authorised body under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) to issue certificates of origin for wine.Wine Australia is an authorised body under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) to issue certificates of origin for wine.
Certificates of Origin
Certificates of Origin for Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore need to be obtained via the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Certificates of Origin under the Japan and South Korea Free Trade Agreements can be obtained from the Australian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Certificates of Origin for Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore need to be obtained via the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Certificates of Origin under the Japan and South Korea Free Trade Agreements can be obtained from the Australian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
VI-1 documents for the EU and the UK
Wine exports to the EU and the UK require a VI-1 document. The UK Government has confirmed plans to remove VI-1 certification requirements for imported wine. These changes are not immediate as UK law will need to be amended before the new arrangements can be adopted. We understand that the new arrangements are likely to be in place from 1 October 2021 and will keep you informed as further information about timing is available.
VI-1 documents will continue to be required for imports to the EU, including in relation to products exported from Australia to the UK, and subsequently re-exported to the EU. In these circumstances, the existing process will remain, being that Wine Australia will provide a VI-1 certificate to the exporter, and a second VI-1 will need to be obtained from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the UK and provided to the EU customs authority.
Exporters must obtain a VI-1 analysis report for each product destined for the EU or UK. The analysis can be obtained from any NATA-accredited laboratory.
VI-1 documents are not required for consignments less than 100 litres or for exports to consular establishments or when held in stores on board ships and airplanes operating in international transport. Wine intended for display at trade fairs is also exempt from requiring a VI-1 document.
Wine Australia issues security encrypted VI-1 documents (in PDF) in WALAS after the date of departure indicated on the shipping application. It is open to the exporter or their agent or importer to print or download the VI-1 document and provide it to the relevant EU or UK authority. Exporters may still nominate for Wine Australia to print the VI-1 document issued in WALAS or choose to print the document themselves.
The analytes required for the VI-1 document differ for packaged and bulk wine and include the following parameters:
|Analytical parameter ||Packaged ||Bulk |
|Total alcoholic strength – % v/v || ||♦ |
|Actual alcoholic strength – % v/v ||♦ ||♦ |
|Total dry extract – g/L || ||♦ |
|Total acidity – g/L ||♦ ||♦ |
|Volatile acidity – meq/L || ||♦ |
|Citric acidity – g/L || ||♦ |
|Sulphur dioxide – mg/L ||♦ ||♦ |
Exemptions to the requirement to have a VI-1 document for exports to the EU and the UK
You do not need a VI-1 document for wines exported from Australia to the EU or the UK that is:
- labelled containers of not more than five litres fitted with a non-reusable closing device where the total quantity transported, whether or not made up of separate consignments, does not exceed 100 litres
- in quantities not exceeding 30 litres per traveller contained in the personal luggage of travellers
- in quantities of not exceeding 30 litres, sent in consignments from one private individual to another
- forms part of the belongings of private individuals who are moving house;
- for trade fairs - provided that the products in question are put up in labelled containers of not more than two litres fitted with a non-reusable closing device
- imported for the purpose of scientific or technical experiments, subject to a maximum of 100 litres
- or bound for diplomatic, consular or similar establishments and imported as part of their duty-free allowance
- held on board international means of transport as victualling supplies
Organic goods certificate
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment administers the export organic program for the organic and biodynamic sector in Australia.
Australia’s agricultural export legislation comprises the Export Control Act 2020 and the Export Control (Organic Goods) Rules 2021. Under the Organic Rules, the export from Australia of goods described as ‘organic’, ‘biodynamic’ (or indication of similar meaning, including ‘biological’, ‘ecological’ and ‘in-conversion to organic or biodynamic’) in a wine’s description and presentation is considered an organic claim. Wines with organic claims require an Organic Goods Certificate (OGC) issued by an approved certifying body prior to export. It is an offence to export a product labelled as organic or biodynamic in the absence of an OGC and significant penalties apply.
Exporters of organic wine must upload an OGC to WALAS prior to gaining shipping approval.
Most markets including China, Japan, South Korea, the USA, Canada, the EU and UK have specific requirements for organic products that must be met to ensure market access.
Wine Australia has published an Organic Wine Export Requirements Guide which can be accessed here.