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.
UK and EU leaders have agreed to a further 6-month extension for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union until 31 October 2019. Much doubt remains over the conditions under which this withdrawal will occur and the length of any transition period towards a new trading relationship between the UK and the EU.
What is expected to change for Australian wine?
The most likely scenario facing Australian wine exports after this date is that not much will change in practice. The UK is expected to apply the same tariff to imported Australian wine as it did while a member of the EU, and the labelling and wine production rules will remain unchanged. However, there may be labelling implications as it will become necessary to include a UK importer name and address. See Labelling below for further details.
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