Brewing industry welcomes UK Government’s step-down on beer duty stamps

Sajid Javid – UK Treasury to look at “less burdensome” options to duty stamps on beer bottles.
Sajid Javid – UK Treasury to look at “less burdensome” options to duty stamps on beer bottles.

The UK Government has ditched plans to introduce duty stamps on beer bottles.

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21 August 2013

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According to the Treasury’s Economic Secretary Sajid Javid the “significant” costs to the UK brewing industry and to “legitimate” importers and exporters had been a consideration.

The stamp proposal was originally introduced last year and put out to consultation (see Drinks Industry Ireland July-August issue 2012).

“The responses to the consultation highlighted the potential anti-fraud benefits but also some considerable impacts the proposed measures might have on legitimate alcohol supply chains,” stated Sajid Javid, adding that the Treasury would look at “less burdensome” options to address alcohol fraud. It would consult on alternative measures as suggested by the industry including the stepping-up of co-operation with other EU states.

Sajid Javid – UK Treasury to look at “less burdensome” options to duty stamps on beer bottles.

Sajid Javid – UK Treasury to look at “less burdensome” options to duty stamps on beer bottles.

 

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