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Customs-bringing items into the country.

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Customs-bringing items into the country.

I've been trying to find a list of acceptable items to bring into the country when i visit next month but have been unsuccessful. I was hoping to bring a couple of bottles of wine as gifts for family but want to make sure of what the limit is on alcohol ect.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks!

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1. Re: Customs-bringing items into the country.

Hi,

Not a good idea to bring wine as the country produces a lot of it.

Following items are permissible:

200 cigarettes and 20 cigars.

l Liter of spirits and 2 Liters of wine.

50 ml. perfume and 250 ml. eau de toilette

Other goods up to value of R3000.

For items not permitted, refer to www.travelguide.net.

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2. Re: Customs-bringing items into the country.

You would be far better off buying a decent bottle of wine for your friends in SA!

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3. Re: Customs-bringing items into the country.

Actualy I disagree with TG and SAG. The South African Wine industry is a national asset and I am a proud patron!

However one big problem with developing SA Wine into one of the absolute World Leaders, is that both the Industry and, especially, the South African Consumer are not exposed to the latest developments in International Wine.

If I go into the biggest Supermarket in Constantia - one of the key centres of great South African wine - and also one of the wealthiest areas in the whole country. There is a huge wine section. At a guess 50metres of linear aisle space, 4 shelves high = 200 metres of shelf space. Of this a tiny amount is imported from outsuide South Africa - maybe 3 or 4 metres! Fifty percent of this is Italian and the rest odd bottles from France, Spain, Australia or New Zealand. And remember this is probably one of the most wine orientated supermarkets in South Africa! I can't recall ever having seen a bottle of California, Oregon or Washington State wine on a local supermarket shelf, where the vast majority of consumers buy their wine. Only in specialist wine stores.

Consumers here should be exposed to the best that the world produces. To help evolve their tastes. Even in French supermarkets, in the cities, I see some wines from Italy, Spain, Eastern Europe, Australia, NZ, California and yes, even South Africa!

So bring your wine of which I am sure you are justly proud!

Otherwise TG has answered you question on the regulations. Just remember to pack the wine in your hold baggage, otherwise it will be confiscated before you leave the States!

Edited: 14 June 2010, 11:51
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4. Re: Customs-bringing items into the country.

Thanks all for your input! I'll definately plan on bringing some of the WA state wine from my area which ...of course.. will leave room to bring home some SA wine!

I'll check out the links that everyone has included!

Can't wait to see SA!!!

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5. Re: Customs-bringing items into the country.

Going back to the States you are only allowed 1L wine each person.

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