The Italian wine regions are world-renowned, plus with a unique selection of Italian beers on offer, it’s no wonder that wine and beer from that part of the world are always in high demand.
However, since Brexit, exporting has become more complicated from EU member countries. So how has it all changed from the easy EU member regulations pre-Brexit from Italy to the UK? Well, there’s more paperwork required, along with more customs duties and excise dues, so it’s crucial to calculate how these affect your profit margins. In addition, new regulations include the need for producers to register with national customs and fulfil export criteria along with import requirements to the UK. As a result, many companies now find that the customs regulations are so complicated that it’s better to have a customs agent and freight forwarding specialist handle their shipment. Barrington Freight is experienced in economically shipping your beer and wine consignment from Italy and helping it get through customs on both ends quickly, regardless of quantity.
Italian Customs supervises exports of wine and beer from Italy to countries outside the European Union. Exporters have to fulfil export requirements and submit paperwork to allow any shipment to leave the country.
Then there are the UK side customs regulations that include a selection of paperwork, licences and permissions. Plus label duty stamps, also known as fiscal markings, are needed on alcohol imports. For more information on the requirements for bringing alcohol into the UK, see the government guidelines here.
If you want to ship your wine or beer by road freight – which is often the most economical way – timings depend on pickup and delivery locations plus customs checks and clearance on both ends. Our road freight delivery service usually takes 5 -7 days for groupage, 2-3 days for a full load, and 2-3 days for express.
As the UK is not an EU member anymore, importing from Italy is classified as importing from a foreign country, more UK Duty, Excise and VAT payable. These are calculated for all alcohol imports, and the tariffs expected are affected by quantities, variations, and your importer status. It’s therefore vital to do your research for your specific amount and type of wine and beer cargo – speak to your freight forwarder and customs clearance agent for clarity to get started, and check out the government pages for advice. Also, be sure you understand regulations for payment of these by reading the government list here.