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Wholesaler registration postponed to 2016

The launch of HMRC’s new Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme has been pushed back to 1 January 2016.

With the launch originally planned for 1 October this year, “technical issues” have forced back the roll out of the scheme until next year.

The AWRS will affect every drinks wholesaler, retailer, broker and auctioneer in the UK when it comes into effect, with the registration window now set from 1 January to 31 March 2016.

The purpose of the AWRS is to reduce the sale of illicit alcohol, on which no duty has been paid and which may be dangerous to consumers.

All wholesale businesses that trade in alcohol have to register and will undergo rigorous checks prior to approval. In 2017 retailers will also be able to check to see if their suppliers are approved.

For full details of the scheme see the September issue of the drinks business or visit the UK government page here, ignoring the reference to the original 1 October launch date.

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