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Duty free confusion?

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Duty free confusion?

HI everyone - hoping someone with more experience can clear this up!

Just about to buy my duty free online and the SYD Duty Free website seems to be suggesting that per adult you can only take 2250ml (2.25litres) spirits OR 4500ml (4.5litres) champagne / sherry / vermouth OR 4500ml (4.5 litres) still red/white wine...and not mix between categories?

What we would like to do is take 2 litres of spirits (one adult allowance), 2 bottles of champagne and 4 bottles of still wine (what I assumed to be a second adult allowance) between two of us. I know that the 2 litres of spirits is OK for one adult; surely mixing bottles of champagne and still wine in the one allowance so long as it is under 4.5 litres is OK?

Any advice would be appreciated!

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1. Re: Duty free confusion?

"Each passenger of 17 years or more may also bring the following goods into Fiji, duty and VAT free, provided they are accompanied and are not for sale:

Cigarettes, not exceeding 250 sticks or

Cigars, not exceeding 250grams net weight or

Tobacco not exceeding 250grams net weight or

Any combination of (1) to (3) above, provided the total net weight does not exceed

250grams

(5) Spirituous Liquors not exceeding 2.25 litres OR

(6)Wines, not exceeding 4.5 litres OR

(7) Beer, not exceeding 4.5 litres OR

Any combination of the goods in paragraph (5) to (7) above, provided that the

combination does not exceed the equivalent quantity under any one paragraph

Other dutiable goods, not exceeding FJ$400.00 in value."

www.airportsfiji.com/restricted_items2.php

Declare all food/alcohol. Duty will have to be paid on any extra alcohol.

Depending on where you are heading after arrival, alcohol is available at large supermarkets, Port Denarau (supermarket or Victoria Wines (upstairs) at fairly reasonable prices.

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2. Re: Duty free confusion?

Thanks - so we should be fine then.

We are heading to Sigatoka, but just wanted to take some of our faves with us!

Dunedin
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3. Re: Duty free confusion?

Just to reiterate - it is one or the other (statements 5-7 above) not all - keyword is 'OR'.

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4. Re: Duty free confusion?

Sure - but the statement 'Any combination of the goods in paragraph (5) to (7) above, provided that the combination does not exceed the equivalent quantity under any one paragraph' should mean we are OK to take 2 litres of spirits and 4.5 litres of wine between two of us?

The main issue was that the SYD Duty Free site made a distinction between still wine and champagne, but the conditions above don't appear to do this. So I think we will be right.

Reno, Nv
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5. Re: Duty free confusion?

You might call/or e-mail the duty free store and ask for clarification.

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6. Re: Duty free confusion?

Yes, that should be fine. Duty free allowances are often mis-worded by those selling it (creating confusion for us mere mortals). When in doubt just declare what you are in doubt of, no one is about to haul you off to the clinker for trying to take in too much. If worst comes to worst you might be asked to pay a smallish amount of duty (unlikely though, didn't happen to us when we openly declared an extra 2 liters of wine over and above our allowance).

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