WSTA urges wine tariff suspension if no-deal Brexit occurs

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019
Drinks Insight Network
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has urged the UK Government to temporarily suspend tariffs on wine bottles imported into the country in the case of a no-deal Brexit, following claims that leaving the EU without a deal would increase wine prices to an all-time high.

The trade association claims that the combination of a no-deal Brexit with the planned duty increase from 1 February this year would add an additional £0.20 to the price of a bottle, which currently costs £5.73.

There are currently no import tariffs levied on wine bottles received from the EU, Chile or South Africa.

According to the WSTA, a temporary suspension on all wine tariffs for a period of six to 12 months could reduce the strain on the supply chain that a no-deal Brexit is expected to bring about.

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