3 how-to tips
Import Wine from Italy
If you want to import wine from Italy into the UK it can seem like a tricky business, however, with so many wonderful wineries spotted around Italy, it is a process that is worth understanding.
The movement of goods within the EU is free. This means that if you are importing wine from Italy, you do not have to pay customs clearance, taxes or duties.
There is, however, an Excise duty that needs to be paid. The amount of excise duty payable depends on the type of wine, the alcohol percent as well as the quantity. It is important to check the different Excise duties payable for the specific alcohol you are importing to assess the cost benefit of importing wine for commercial resale as it can get quite expensive.
The exception is when you want to bring up to 90 litres of wine for personal consumption. Of this 90 litres, not more than 60 litres can be sparkling wine. If you are bringing in more than this amount of wine into the UK, then customs will likely investigate whether it truly is for personal consumption and may charge an excise duty. However, if you bring in under 90 litres of wine, you will not have to pay an Excise duty.
You may be able to import more than this amount for personal consumption and avoid paying an Excise duty, however you will need to prove that the amount you are importing is in fact for personal consumption. You run the risk that customs will reject the claim and charge you the Excise duty regardless.
Transporting your Wine
Imports from Italy to the UK are typically done by truck or courier, though we recommend using a trucking company to transport your wine. It is important to use a trustworthy trucking company to ensure that your wine is handled delicately and carefully.
Always transport wine on pallets and use a trucking company to transport them. It is the most secure way to transport wine. A half pallet of wine tends to be around 200 bottles and a full pallet is around 600 bottles. Wine that is transported in boxes with a courier company is much more likely to be damaged in the transport process.
If you want to import the wine for personal consumption, it is a good idea to get a few people to share in a pallet. That way, each individual can stay under the 90 litre Excise duty free limit but still get cheap, efficient transport. If you plan to do this, make sure that each individual has a separate purchase invoice for the wine they have purchased so it is easy for customs to see that each individual is under the 90 litre limit.
It is important to note that since the Brexit vote in the UK to leave the EU, there may be changes to the customs and duty regulations when importing into the UK from an EU country. However, changes will take time so this information outlines how the regulations currently stand.
Transporteca has trucking companies on our portal that can provide transport from Italy to the UK. You can search for transport of pallets from Italy to the UK on our portal to transport your wine. Compare rates of different companies, as well as transit times for freight from Italy. Call us if you need any advice with your shipment.