VI-1 forms will be required for those exporting to the EU to explain details such as how strong the wine is, what type of grape the wine is made from and how many containers are being sent. An exporter will need to fill a form in for each type of wine in a batch sent to the UK.
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has warned the VI-1 forms are unnecessary red tape that will ultimately cost more time and money.
Wine importer and wholesaler Daniel Lambert told BBC Newsnight: “We’re already finding since Brexit very few producers actually know what it is they need to do, that’s the fundamental problem.
“And as there isn’t a shortage of wine, they’ve got plenty of places to choose where they can sell, and the UK won’t be the first destination market which it should be really as the UK as you probably know is an international hub.”
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs uses VI-1 forms to check where the wine originates from and that winemaking practices are authorised by the EU or in accordance with practices recommended and published by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine.
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has previously warned that VI-1 forms could do “permanent damage to the UK as an international wine trade hub”.
The UK has one of the highest levels of alcohol consumption in the western world, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
According to one study the average Briton drinks a staggering 108 bottles of wine a year.
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