Import Alcohol to the US

Import Alcohol to the US for Personal Use

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Importing alcohol to the US as part of your moving to the US is governed by both Federal and state laws. The Federal Government allows a reasonable amount of alcohol to be imported in a household goods shipment. If Customs feels the amount is excessive they will require the importer to hire a licensed alcohol importer to file a commercial entry, as their proxy.

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Domestic importers should comply with the residence state laws which vary from state to state. Some states allow no alcohol imports at all; others, require the importer to obtain a permit and pay a fee for that shipment. Each state has its own regulations, must be reviewed and adhered to, before making a shipment.

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There is no federal limit on the amount of alcohol someone may import into the U.S. for personal use; however, large quantities might raise the suspicion that the import is made for commercial purposes, and a CBP Officer could require you to obtain an Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) import license before releasing it.

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If you intend to have a large quantity shipped to you for personal use, we suggest you contact the entry branch of the port, where your shipment will be entering the country, to discuss your situation in advance.
Duty rates on alcoholic beverages are based on the percent of alcohol per liter in the product – not on units of packaging such as per bottle/case. Duty on wine and beer is generally low, $1-2 per liter, while customs applied to fortified wines and spirits are considerably higher.

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Federal IRS Excise tax is also collected.

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If you are looking to import your wine bottles, and for further advice, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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