Except as otherwise provided in this section, alcoholic
beverages may be brought into this state from without this state for
delivery or use within the state only by common carriers and only
when the alcoholic beverages are consigned to a licensed importer,
and only when consigned to the premises of the licensed importer or
to a licensed importer or customs broker at the premises of a public
warehouse licensed under this division.
   The provisions of this chapter are not applicable in the case of
alcoholic beverages which are sold and delivered by a licensee in
this state to another licensee in this state, and which in the course
of delivery are taken without this state through another state
without any storage thereof in such other state.
   The provisions of this section are not applicable in the case of a
reasonable amount of alcoholic beverages brought into this state by
an adult from without the United States for personal or household
use; except that a California resident returning to the United States
by a vehicle which is not a common carrier, or any adult entering
the United States as a pedestrian, shall be restricted to the amount
of alcoholic beverages which are exempt from the payment of duty in
accordance with existing provisions of federal law. Such alcoholic
beverages shall be exempt from state licensing restrictions.
   The provisions of this section are not applicable in the case of
alcoholic beverages shipped into this state from without the United
States by an adult member of the armed forces of the United States,
serving outside the confines of the United States, for his personal
or household use within the state in such quantity of alcoholic
beverages as is exempt from the payment of duty under existing
provisions of the Federal Tariff Act or regulations. Such alcoholic
beverages may be brought into this state only by common carrier and
consigned to the premises of a licensed importer or customs broker,
or to a licensed importer or customs broker at the premises of a
public warehouse licensed under this division. Notwithstanding any
other provisions of this division, the holder of an importer's
license, a customs broker's license, or a public warehouse license,
may make delivery of such alcoholic beverages as may be brought into
this state under the provisions of this paragraph directly to the
owner thereof upon satisfactory proof of identity. Such delivery
shall not be deemed to constitute a sale in this state.
   A manufacturer of distilled spirits may transport such distilled
spirits into this state in motor vehicles owned by or leased to the
manufacturer, and operated by employees of the manufacturer, if:
   (a) Such distilled spirits are transported into this state from a
place of manufacture within the United States; and
   (b) The manufacturer holds a California distilled spirits
manufacturer's license; and
   (c) Delivery is made to the licensed premises of such distilled
spirits manufacturer.