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Government cuts wine paperwork, saving UK industry £70 million a year

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Cheers! The Government has postponed a mountain of paperwork that would have added ten pence to a bottle of wine.

The suspension of import certification documents will save the wine industry more than £70 million a year.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) said the move was a “huge victory” for wine businesses and consumers.

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It feared the requirements would have hit the industry hard and “massively restricted consumer choice.”

Now, importers will not have to supply forms for nine months, or during a Brexit transition period.

Miles Beale, CEO of the WSTA, said:

“The government’s actions are a victory for common sense and will be met with a sense of relief by the UK wine industry as the threat of a £70m bill has been removed.

“As we made clear in our lengthy discussions with government officials had paperwork requirements not been suspended it would have added a massive burden on businesses and consumers alike.”

 

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