Ministers announce intention to remove VI-1 certification requirements for imported wine.
Ministers today (25 July 2021) pledged to cut red tape for British wine importers – saving British wine lovers up to £130m a year.
Once implemented, the change would remove the requirement for VI-1 certificates on all imports of wine into Great Britain, which means substantial savings for consumers and businesses.
The move will take away a significant burden on our wine trade, the second largest in the world in value terms. Industry analysis suggests that VI-1 certificates add 10p to every bottle of imported wine.
Removing this measure will cut red tape and ensure importing wine to the Great Britain is as streamlined as possible.
Food and Drink Minister Victoria Prentis said:
International Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena said:
Industry analysis suggests that this move will ultimately reduce the cost of wine for consumers. This will mean that wine drinkers around the country will be able to enjoy the same high-quality products from across the world at a cheaper price – on average 10p per wine bottle imported into GB.