Red tape cut for wine imports to save British wine lovers £130m a year
Ministers announce intention to remove VI-1 certification requirements for imported wine
On 25 July 2021 ministers 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.