Germany or Deutschland – no matter what you call it, the country has an exceptional assortment of exportable german beer and wines with enough different types available to make your head spin. Whether you’re after Dunkel, Export, Kölsch, Lager, Malzbier, Märzen, Pils, or Weizenbier, there is a variation to suit every pallet including alkoholfreies Bier. German beers are popular because their strict laws around beer purity dating back to 1516 make their varieties unique and consistent, with the only ingredients allowed to be included being hops, malt (barley), yeast, and water. German wine and wine products too are subject to strict regulation under the German Laender food and wine legislation.

So post-Brexit, how have the rules changed if you want to import beer and wine from Germany to the UK? First off, the paperwork is more complicated and there is more of it. Plus, there are additional customs duties and excise payable, so it’s imperative to see how this will affect your import business and bottom line. Barrington Freight are expert importers for your freight so that we can help your beer and wine shipment pass customs quickly, no matter the size. 

Importing to the UK from Germany

The German Customs administration is involved in the supervision of imports and exports of wine and wine products from and into countries not members of the European Union. Exporters must submit customs declarations at an authorised customs office and authorisation will only be granted if the requirements are met. 

There are also regulations to comply with to have your consignment allowed into the country on the UK side. These include a range of paperwork, licences and permissions for customs. In addition, duty stamps, also known as fiscal markings, are mandatory for alcohol imports on beer and wine and are either label stamps or freestanding stamps. For more information on these and other requirements, see the government guidelines here

Road freight delivery from Germany times can vary however, generally road freight services take 4-5 days for groupage, 1-2 days for a full load, and 1-2 days for express. 

Customs Duty, Excise & VAT

With the UK no longer a member of the EU, importing from Germany is treated as a foreign country outside of the trading bloc. This change impacts how UK Duty, Excise and VAT is calculated on all alcohol imports, and the rate is affected by quantities, variations, and your importer status. The best way to get started on your research for your specific cargo is to speak to your freight forwarder and check out the subject’s government advice. There are so many regulations in place for the payment of Duty and VAT on beer and wine imported into the UK so start by checking out the list here.

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Barrington Freight is experienced in importing beer and wine into the UK from Germany, and with our fast and efficient service, we will help you navigate the complexities. Working with us will cut your customs and transit time down and take the stress out of your alcohol imports. For more information about our services, or if you have a unique shipment request, reach out to our sales team on 01268 978660 or email [email protected].