Application window for alcohol wholesalers  opens October 1  - prepare for registration now

Wholesalers of alcohol products will have a three-month window from October 1 to apply for certification under the Alcohol Wholesale Registration scheme (AWRS).

Intended to drive duty cheats out of the supply chain, AWRS will see HMRC assessing wholesalers over the course of 2016 to ensure they are 'fit and proper' alcohol traders. Any business which fails to apply before December 31, or subsequently fails to convince inspectors that it is trading within the law, will face penalties if they continue to trade in alcohol.

FWD has issued an Advisory Note to help members prepare for registration 

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