Exporting beer to Germany

Question posted by Wilf Horfall, on behalf of UBREW in SE16

Hi all, I need to get some of our London brewed beer into Berlin for a festival on the 5th of February. We're obviously duty-registered with HMRC, but haven't exported before and we don't know how to. All the beer we brew is currently sold and consumed in the UK.

If possible I'd like to start exporting with a third party taking care of the legalities etc. If our beer is well received in Berlin we'd look at whether or not it's worth taking the exporting in-house.

It's a relatively small quantity of beer we'd be testing the water with at first, but our people in Berlin tell us there's potentially higher demand there than in London, so exports could actually end up outstripping local sales in the long run.

Can anyone recommend me a company who could provide this service, and let me know about the legal procedures I'd have to go through to work with said company?

All help massively appreciated!

Best
Wilf

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Jason Robinson, on behalf of Beatpixels limited in WD3.

Hi Wilf

We know a company that can deal with the whole export process for you.

If its ok with you, I will pass on your details and ask them to make contact with you?

Regards

Jason

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Hi Wilf
we may be able to arrange this for you. Can you give me a little bit more info please.
is your warehouse bonded ? will beer be going straight to festival or another warehouse first, if so is that bonded ?Do you have idea of how much you will be sending is it on pallets in kegs can you give me weight dimensions and we can get you a price.
Regards
Graham Simmonds
Global Freight Connections Ltd
0330 0244 844 ext 117
graham@gfc-group.co.uk

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Ian James, on behalf of i2i Infinity Limited in BA4.

Hi Wilf,

Graham's questions above are valid as it make a big difference how you deal with the movement of goods.

Once you find a provider to physically move the goods you may require an EMCS entry, if the movement is between your bonded warehouse and another in Germany. An EMCS is your declaration to HMRC that a movement of goods in duty-suspension will occur. Your consignee will be required to receipt the goods into their warehouse before they probably become duty-paid for consumption in Germany.

You can make your EMCS entry via our user-friendly e-z Consign system. We can help you if required. Setup an account at www.4-exim.com

Ian
ian.james@i2i-infinity.co.uk

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Wilf Horfall, on behalf of UBREW in SE16.

Hi Jason, please do pass my details on. Your contact can find me on wilf@ubrew.cc.

Hi Graham, I don't have a warehouse, just a registered brewery. I am not planning on moving the beer to a warehouse before it goes to Berlin - once in Berlin it might be held in storage for a short time (not a bonded warehouse though). We'd be sending one pallet this month and then more as the demand grows - I'm not 100% sure how much the pallets weigh, I can ask our couriers if they know though. The pallet will have a combination of plastic kegs and aluminium cans. No bottles.

If you think this is something we can do, it would be great to get a quote.

Thanks both
Wilf

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Wilf Horfall, on behalf of UBREW in SE16.

Hi Ian, saw your response after I sent my previous one. Once I have an EMCS am I free to send the beer to Germany via haulier?

What is the process for paying duty to the German government?

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Thanks Wilf
Leave it with us will see what we can do
Best Regards
Graham

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Ian James, on behalf of i2i Infinity Limited in BA4.

Hi Wilf,

Here is the German Customs page on importing excise goods:
http://www.zoll.de/EN/Businesses/Movement-of-goods/Movement-of-goods-within-the-EU/Taxation/Delivery-to-Germany/delivery-to-germany_node.html

From reading this I believe it doesn't matter whether you've sent the goods UK duty-paid or with an EMCS, German customs still want German excise duty.
For your business though an EMCS means you haven't had to stump up and claim back UK duty on goods for another market.

I note your website mentions Berlin 'coming soon'. Sooner the better as they can act as your agent to receive the goods.

For support you might want to contact your local International Trade Advisor from DTI (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-trade)

Ian.

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Wilf

I am an International Trade Adviser for the Department of International Trade (DIT). Your question dropped into my inbox. I see you already have responses to help you find a logistics partner to ship your beer to Germany, but we are particularly interested in helping companies that are embarking for the first time on the export journey. There is undoubtedly quite a lot of general help and advice we could give you on developing your sales to Germany and elsewhere. If you would like to have an initial conversation about help that is available from the DIT to exporters, please feel free to contact me on 07740 611218.

Kind Regards

Roger Figg

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