All regulatory information for exporting wine goods to the United Kingdom including the regulatory environment, duties and taxes, and permitted additives.
The UK became a member of the European Union on 1 January 1973 at the same time as Denmark and the Republic of Ireland. On 23 June 2016, a referendum was held in the UK on the country’s membership of the EU. The result was 51.9% in support of an exit and 48.1% to remain.
On 29 March 2017, the UK formally triggered its exit process from the EU. It now has up to two years to negotiate and conclude an agreement with the EU on the arrangements for its withdrawal. In the meantime, all trading arrangements between the UK, the EU, and third countries are unchanged.
England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
The Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the ministerial department with responsibility for overseeing laws related to wine. The Food Standards Agency is the competent authority responsible for enforcing the wine regulations at the import, bottling, UK production and wholesale distribution stages within the UK. Defra, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and local authorities are also enforcement agencies with the latter being responsible for all enforcement in the retail sector.
Information on Brexit for Australian wine exporters
The United Kingdom formally withdrew from the European Union on 31 January 2020. During the 11-month transition period, it will be business as usual for Australian wine exporters.
The same rules applying to the composition and labelling of Australian wine sold in the EU will continue to apply in the UK during the transition period, as will the EU Common Customs Tariff.
The status quo will also be maintained for certification requirements for wine being traded between the EU and the UK during the transition period. However, it is likely that VI1 certificates will be required for wine entering the EU from the UK from 2021 onwards.
Exporters are reminded of the EU requirement that an EU importer be listed on labels sold within the EU and are encouraged to liaise with their importers in this regard.
Import procedures for the United Kingdom Market
Duties and taxes for the United Kingdom market
Labelling requirements for the United Kingdom market
Wine standards for the United Kingdom market