Wine bottles as checked luggage

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Old May 24, 18, 9:51 pm
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Originally Posted by ringingup View Post
I always take bottles of wine (sometimes also spirits and oil) with me from Sardinia in my check-in suitcase. I either wrap them individual with bubble wrap or I use these:

These blow up air-cell bags are great for taking with you to wine producing areas where you might buy the odd bottle at tasting rooms. They are easily blown up using a cheap plastic bicycle pump from a pound shop and before they are inflated they take up virtually no room in your luggage. If taking a special bottle to a friend they are just left behind as they are very cheap on ebay. They are bulky when inflated but really do the job better than risking luggage contamination.
On my last trip to the Cape Winelands I bought back 10 bottles that I packed inside a cheap zip up holdall which I checked in, there were no breakages. I have done a test on their strength by putting in a bottle of wine (very cheap) and first dropping it onto my patio from waist height up to a drop from 8 feet all with no damage.
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Old May 25, 18, 3:06 am
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Originally Posted by ringingup View Post


True. Or not declaring it...

Now out of curiosity, when they say “You can’t combine allowances with other people to bring in more than your individual allowance”, what does it actually mean? You cannot use just one suitcase for two people for example?
It's fine to share a suitcase but you can't split individual items. Say there's two of you, with a limit of 1L of spirits each, sharing a suitcase and in it are two 1L bottles of vodka. It would be perfectly fine for you to each point to one and tell the customs officer that is yours. What would not be fine is to bring back one of those big US bottles of spirits with a handle that you get in their liquor stores - a "half gallon" under their measurements
and 1.75L in metric - and try to say it's split between you as you've pooled your 1L each. Not that I imagine many UK customs officers would really care about that.

Thanks to everyone who has posted about the individual wine bags - I had not even thought to look for such a thing so will stock up before my next trip!
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Old May 25, 18, 3:37 am
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Originally Posted by antipest View Post
These blow up air-cell bags are great for taking with you to wine producing areas where you might buy the odd bottle at tasting rooms. They are easily blown up using a cheap plastic bicycle pump from a pound shop and before they are inflated they take up virtually no room in your luggage. If taking a special bottle to a friend they are just left behind as they are very cheap on ebay. They are bulky when inflated but really do the job better than risking luggage contamination.
On my last trip to the Cape Winelands I bought back 10 bottles that I packed inside a cheap zip up holdall which I checked in, there were no breakages. I have done a test on their strength by putting in a bottle of wine (very cheap) and first dropping it onto my patio from waist height up to a drop from 8 feet all with no damage.
Yes - these are very good. Mostly I ship containers full of wine (both bottled and bulk) from around the world, but I do often get given bottles on my travels, so keep a stock of these and I also always use hard sided cases too. On occasion I have just wrapped bottles in clothes, but that is very risky!
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Old May 25, 18, 3:57 am
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Originally Posted by frandrake View Post
wow never spotted those! just ordered two
Yes those wine skins are excellent - a few select bottles made it quite safely back from New Zealand in these last year on a ZQN-AKL-DOH-OSL-LHR routing ;-)
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Old May 25, 18, 4:25 am
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I checked in two 12 cases of Chianti at PSA last year, double boxed with extra padding. We were Tannoyed in the lounge and escorted (very respectfully) airside to a dispatch area to identify our luggage. They advised it would be okay on this occasion as they would sit at the bottom of the hold. As a courtesy to other passengers I should always get it wrapped by the cling film thingy before checking in and there would be on issues.
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Old May 25, 18, 4:46 am
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Yes those wine skins are excellent - a few select bottles made it quite safely back from New Zealand in these last year on a ZQN-AKL-DOH-OSL-LHR routing ;-)
I've been using these for years and they work very well. Never had a breakage. Note that they do have something of a "cobbled together on Blue Peter" feel to them, which belies the price tag. But, still a worthy investment in my view.
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Old May 25, 18, 6:31 am
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Originally Posted by Sparkyfletch View Post
I checked in two 12 cases of Chianti at PSA last year, double boxed with extra padding. We were Tannoyed in the lounge and escorted (very respectfully) airside to a dispatch area to identify our luggage. They advised it would be okay on this occasion as they would sit at the bottom of the hold. As a courtesy to other passengers I should always get it wrapped by the cling film thingy before checking in and there would be on issues.
PSA is a disgrace. The only time a bottle was broken and my daughter's buggy left soaking in rain was there. Ground staff is truly appalling.
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Old May 25, 18, 7:11 am
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I regularly bring wine in checked luggage. I use these bubble wrapped, sealed wine bags and have never had a problem.
I use these all the time and have never had an issue - they're great!
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Old May 25, 18, 7:16 am
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I have done a test on their strength by putting in a bottle of wine (very cheap) and first dropping it onto my patio from waist height up to a drop from 8 feet all with no damage.
Yeah, they're Yodel-proof.
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Old May 30, 18, 6:46 am
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Originally Posted by MaximeD View Post
Hey guys,

I'm flying in J from LHR to GVA next month for a stag-do and I wanted to bring 4-5 bottles of wine that I really like and I want to share with my friends.
I googled a little bit to know if that's possible and how to pack it.
Most answers I found was based in the US and people are very divided.

I called up BA and the representative was not sure either.

So, I have a few questions based on your experience :
1/ Should I pack them in a separate luggage or keep it in the cardboard box it came with (it looks very sturdy and I can add bubble wrap) ?
2/ Will BA refund me the wine if the luggage is lost or broken ?
3/ Is there customs fees?

The total value of the wine is not more than £80, so in case it's lost or broken, I can live with it.

Thanks!
Really appreciate the help.
1) I would pack in your suitcase using clothing around them to lessen shock and stop them bumping each other. (Use a hard sided suitcase). You can buy inflated plastic bottle packs for wine and spirit bottles which work as well in checked bags as the post. Amazon sell them as do many UK wine and spirits sites and some good off licences.

2) Airlines will not refund for broken wine bottles as it would be classified as fragile times which they advise you not to pack. If you want it covered for damage then ship it UPS or Fedex and pay the large bill. If you pack them sensibly using bubble wrap or a bottle jacket as above, in a sturdy hard side suitcase, you should not have any issues.

3) Switzerland is in the Customs Union as currently is the UK so you should not have to pay any duty, there is however a CHF 300 limit before you pay VAT. So if it is 5 bottles of wine at inexpensive prices you are fine, if it is pricey vintage wine, you may owe VAT at 8% I believe.
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Old May 30, 18, 6:52 am
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Originally Posted by ringingup View Post


True. Or not declaring it...

Now out of curiosity, when they say “You can’t combine allowances with other people to bring in more than your individual allowance”, what does it actually mean? You cannot use just one suitcase for two people for example?
I believe the Customs Agent can legally ascribe one owner to a bag. So any second passenger would need to remove the goods they wished to claim an allowance on and carry them through Customs and Border independently.
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