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The British government said on Sunday that it would cancel some of the red tape on wine imports after Brexit after the trade community warned that this would cause lasting damage.
move to VI-1 Final requirements for import certificatesMinisters stated that this will save British consumers about 130 million pounds a year, which is welcomed by the industry.
Red tape is a requirement of the European Union that dates back to the 1970s when it was introduced to protect European wine-producing regions such as Chablis or Burgundy from inferior New World imitations.
When London announced that it would maintain the VI-1 form after leaving the EU and extend it to wines from EU countries such as France, Italy and Spain, the wine trade between the UK and the EU was frustrated, despite a six-month grace period.
About half of the US$4.4 billion worth of wine imported by the United Kingdom each year comes from the European Union.
Ministers previously insisted that the additional costs after Brexit would only increase the retail price of imported wine by an average of 10 pence per bottle.
“The government has pretended that the industry wants VI-1 to maintain quality in the past seven months, and has dug a deeper and deeper hole for itself,” said wine merchant Daniel Lambert, who lobbied against the certificate.
“I really don’t know why, because this is the first truly identifiable Brexit bonus… This is indeed huge for the wine trade,” Lambert said, predicting that the EU will now also cancel the certification. Require.
He added that the London decision will benefit small family-owned vineyards that bottle wine at the source, rather than large producers who import wine in 40,000 liter containers to the UK and bottle it there.
“For niche producers of interesting products, the cost per bottle is about 12 to 50 pounds, which will have a huge impact.”
VI-1 is particularly problematic Wine merchantBecause the certificate requires laboratory sampling, it is necessary to open rare or expensive wine bottles that cannot be resold.
James Miles, chairman and co-founder of Liv-ex, the wine exchange, stated that the decision “resets our trading arrangements with the rest of the world in order to strengthen the UK’s leading position in the global wine trade.”
Miles Beer, chief executive of the Wine and Spirits Trade Association, praised the move as a “really remarkable result.”
He added: “We have spent more than two years working tirelessly to avoid introducing new import certificates for EU wine imports, and on the other hand to eliminate unnecessary and expensive VI-1 wine paperwork for non-EU wine imports. “
British Food and Beverage Minister Victoria Prentis said: “As our business continues to grow, cutting these unnecessary red tapes will put our business in a more advantageous position internationally.”
Due to the region’s position in the post-transition trade arrangement with the European Union, wine imported from the European Union into Northern Ireland is not subject to VI-1 requirements. The government stated that the import of other non-EU wines will be seen as part of a wider discussion on the Northern Ireland agreement.