This briefing applies to all wine and spirit businesses that export to China and is based on the best official guidance available to WSTA at this time. This guidance is not complete and WSTA encourages members to engage on this topic with their importers in China to fully identify the steps they are required to take to avoid disruption to their exports. As further clarity is provided by Governments engaging, and from companies undertaking the process, we will aim to update our guidance.
Defra has now issued guidance on this registration process.
WSTA Trade 21: WSTA International Trade – Quick Briefing on Chinese Registration Requirements for Food Establishments from 1 January 2022
From the Autumn – as Covid restrictions recede, other areas of work return for the WSTA and face to face meetings become more usual again – three new over-arching Executive Committees have been set up by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.
The WSTA believes that the current wine labelling regulations, which have been automatically rolled over from EU law, are not fit for purpose now the UK has left the EU Internal Market.
The UK Government now has the opportunity to simplify these prescriptive and protectionist wine labelling rules. Bringing wine labelling more in line with labelling for all other food and drink products and introducing the requirement for labelling details of a responsible business address, would benefit both enforcement bodies, consumers and UK businesses alike.
This paper seeks to identify the key issues around wine labelling and the impact of rolling over the EU’s wine rules into UK law, and offer recommendations to Government.
Removing red tape: Simplifying UK wine labelling rules
Last Updated:25May | 2021
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