WSTA draws up Brexit checklist

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has created an End of Transition Checklist for all UK-based wine and spirits companies as the 31 December Brexit deadline looms.

Available to both WSTA members and non-members, the checklist offers advice to spirits firms as the UK exits the Custom’s Union and single market on 1 January. Topics covered include trade agreements, import certification and labelling requirements.

Furthermore, the document provides links to official UK government guidance, as well as the WSTA’s own advice to help businesses navigate the impending changes.

Miles Beale, chief executive of the WSTA, said: “Our new End of Transition Checklist provides wine and spirit businesses with everything there is to know so far, ahead of the end of transition on January 1st and complements the work we are already doing to help businesses prepare.

“We have also made our checklist available to all via our website – regardless of whether they are members or not. It’s important we unite as an industry ahead of what will be a major change in the way we are able to do business in the new year.

“Our new document sits alongside a wide array of guidance and information we have published over the last six months, much of which is only accessible for those businesses that are in membership, and it is yet further evidence of the work we are putting in ahead of 1st January.”

More than 60 new members have joined the WSTA this year, marking a 15% spike in numbers in the last 12 months and the biggest addition of new wine and spirits companies in the last decade.

Last month, a leading analyst said the central role that the UK plays in the global alcohol industry would “suffer monumentally” and be “derailed” in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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Author: Melita Kiely

Timothy Kelly

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