The price of wine could increase from July as wine imports from the European Union will be subjected to additional post-Brexit checks.
Exporters from the EU sending produce to Britain will have to fill out a VI-1 form. The form includes specific questions such as how strong the wine is, what grape it’s made from and how many containers it’s being sent in and will require customs officials to stamp it before goods are permitted to move.
Wine importer and wholesaler Daniel Lambert told BBC Newsnight that he imports thousands of bottles of wine from the EU each week to sell to Britains, but he said he’s worried EU exporters could go elsewhere because of the checks needed when shipping to the United Kingdom, and he stated that they were now finding since Brexit that very few producers knew what they needed to do.
He added that if you give them a problem they’re less likely to want to export to that particular market, and he highlighted that as there isn’t a deficit of wine and that they’ve got loads of places to choose where they can market and the United Kingdom won’t be the first destination market.
Under the new requirements, each different kind of wine in a consignment must have its own form, listing all details of its contents, but he said that this could be a mistake as the United Kingdom was an international hub for wine.
His comments came as the average Brit drinks on average 108 bottles of wine a year, and Brit consumption puts the country as one of the largest buyers of wine in the Western world.
Fifty-five per cent of the wine Britons drink comes from the EU which comes to about £2 billion a year, and according to the market and consumer database Statista, France and Italy were the top two countries of origin for wine imported into the United Kingdom in 2020. However, the United Kingdom still imports wine from other places, but these non-EU nations also require the same VI-1 form.
Countries including New Zealand, Australia, the US and South Africa make up the rest of the UK market, and Statista showed how wine imported from New Zeland and Australia alone accounted for £559.5 million of wine imported to the United Kingdom in 2020.
And I’m sure there are loads of wine guzzlers that buy great tasting wine from the United Kingdom – the EU will be sorry when they put their prices up, and there are much more superior wines out there, and I’m pretty sure their threats won’t affect us Brits, but it will affect them more than it will affect our wine drinkers in the United Kingdom.
If Europe doesn’t want to profit from us, then we in the United Kingdom can get ours from elsewhere. They’re not the only place in the world that makes great wine, and if they want to cut off their nose to spite their face, then we should let them do it.
It should also be mentioned that we have excellent cheese producers here in the United Kingdom, and all this will do is make consumers shift to other countries, and in the end, any wine coming from the EU will not be bought, and this will hit winemakers all over the EU.
We have numerous winemakers in the United Kingdom, so we should be supporting our own vineyards. However, we’re supposed to have a trade arrangement with the EU. Funny thing is, we have a trade deficit with them, and surely there can only be one winner in this little battle.