Skip to content

ExpatSingapore

Home Message Board Contact Us Search

ExpatSingapore Message Board 26 October 2014, 6:03:22 AM *
Username: Password: (or Register)
 
Pages: [1]
  Reply  |  Print  
Author Topic: Shipping Wine - Yes or No?  (Read 2723 times)
Eurolux
Newbie
*
Posts: 7


View Profile
« on: 14 June 2006, 7:07:00 AM »
Reply with quoteQuote

After 11 years of various wine tastings, I seem to have acquired 400 bottles of great wine - which was a really positive thing until having to decide what to do with it, now that I'm moving to Singapore!

Most of the bottles are Bordeaux or Burgundy, and worth 50-60 euro.  I thought I would have to leave it in friends cellars (and hope most bottles would still be there whenever I return) - but I have read other postings recommending taking several cases with you.

How expensive is the import duty?  Wouldn't the heat during shipping destroy the wine, or is there a special shipping method?  

And what about champagne - is that expensive in Singapore too?

Any recommendations? (drinking it all before I come is not one of the options!)

Logged
ExpatSingapore Message Board
« on: 14 June 2006, 7:07:00 AM »
Reply with quoteQuote



 Logged
Vino
Guest
« Reply #1 on: 14 June 2006, 9:32:00 AM »
Reply with quoteQuote

The heat will definitely not contribute in a good way to the wine.
And ou there, most people buy wine coolers, this will be expensive if you have a large number of bottles!
So for great wine, would recommend you leave it behind - unless you are moving to Singapore permanently.
Bring wine that you will not be too unhappy about should it get spoiled enroute. And be prepared to pay duty if required, so don't ship in unreasonable amounts of wine!
Logged
drunk
Guest
« Reply #2 on: 14 June 2006, 10:07:00 AM »
Reply with quoteQuote

I am a reasonably serious wine collector and would offer you the following advice.

1. Importing wine into Singapore is subject to duty, however in Singapore the duty is quite reasonable compared to many other countries and is a flat rate per bottle, as opposed to being levied on the value of the wine. Nevertheless, unless you are going to be in Singapore for the rest of your life it would seem logical to only bring those wines with you that you think you will consume while in Singapore otherwise you will end up paying duty on wine which you will then reexport when you presumably leave Singapore in the future.

2. There are a number of proffesional places in U.K and Europe who store wine in underground caverns at reasonable prices.

3. If you ship to Singapore it is imperative that you use the services of a specialist wine shipper (there are a number about) the most important thing being that the wine must be chilled during shipment and especially upon arrival into SIngapore and delivery to your house. Leave a crate of goos Burgundy in a normal delivery van for an hour and it will be good no longer.

4. You will need to have a wine refrigerator to store your wine in Singapore.

5. After shipping I would recommend that you let the wine lay for 3 - 6 months before consuming so that it has time to settle again.

6. You can now buy reasonably good and well stored Burgundy and Bordeaux from a few places in Singapore (be careful as not all are shipped or stored at correct temperatures) but you can expect to pay about 30 - 40% more than from similar outlets in Europe and the U.K

Hope this helps


Hope this helps.

Logged
rosellita
Guest
« Reply #3 on: 15 June 2006, 7:22:00 AM »
Reply with quoteQuote

Very informative indeed, we should now not whine why wine prices are so exhorbitant here.
Logged
Eurolux
Newbie
*
Posts: 7


View Profile
« Reply #4 on: 15 June 2006, 7:25:00 AM »
Reply with quoteQuote

Thanks for the great answers - I think I will be looking for a storage cellar!
Logged
Pages: [1]
  Reply  |  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by SMF 1.1.20 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines