Pubs / Regulation / Supply Chain / 22 March 2016

Deadline looms for Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme - BBPA urges companies to register

With just over a week to go before the deadline for registrations under the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS), the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) is urging all companies who haven’t registered to do so as soon as possible.

The BBPA, which has worked closely with HMRC on new efforts to tackle alcohol fraud, highlights that if a company sells alcohol to other businesses, it is important that they check if they need to register, and to do so by the March 31st deadline. Any company not registered by the deadline will no longer be able to wholesale alcohol.

Applications can be made through the website. There are a number of possible exemptions listed on the AWRS page, and a series of flowcharts have been designed to help organisations understand what exemptions they may qualify for.

From April 1st 2017, companies, and also individual pubs, buying alcohol from UK wholesalers to sell on to their own customers will be legally obliged to ensure the wholesaler registered under the scheme. Failure to do so could result in criminal or civil penalties, or seizure of alcohol.

BBPA Chief Executive, Brigid Simmonds comments:

“It is very important that anyone selling alcohol on to retailers checks to see if they have new obligations under the AWRS scheme. With just days to go, I urge all those who are affected to take action to register as soon as possible.”

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