Exporting Whiskey From UK To China

Question posted by Jamie Macgregor, on behalf of JSM China Trading in SL5

Hi,

I have previously imported electronics into the UK from China. Now my chinese client wants to spend 300,000RMB on different types of malt whiskey, to be sent to China.

I have no experience exporting alcohol to China but understand that it poses different problems to usual goods.

Could someone help me with what I need to get started with this process?

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Julian McWatt, on behalf of TOB Trading S de RL de CV in Mexico.

Hi Jamie,

The initial steps would involve the following:
1. Presenting a trademark certificate for each brand of malt whiskey you intend to sell to the Chinese importer, along with Certificates of Free Sale.
2. Presenting 10 pairs of labels (front and back) for each brand
3. Translating the labels into chinese and having them in a correct format
(The importer will also have various documents that need to be filled out, but the basic requirement is having a spirits import license)

Paperwork submission is handled directly in Shanghai by the Entry and Exit Bureau, and is a 1 month process. After week 3 they will let you know if your brands/labels have been accepted and will charge around 2,000 rmb per bottle registered with them. They will offer you guidance on how to set out the chinese label.

Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association

Telephone: +86 21 6854999

Direct line: +86 21 68542651, 68547608

Hopefully this will get you started.

Saludos,
Julian

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Clive Allcorn, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment China in China.

I would expect the majority of Scotch whisky brands to have distribution arrangements in China already. You will need to be careful not to inadvertantly contravine these arrangements as this might leave you liable to prosecution by the rights holders. Could I suggest you discuss this opportunity with the Scotch Whisky Association, who should be able to offer sage advice on how best to proceed.

Clive

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Brad Golder, on behalf of KBR Foreign Exchange Plc in RM18.

Hi Jamie,
I see that you said your client is looking to spend 300,000RMB. As a foreign exchange broker working for, KBR Foreign Exchange, I would love to speak to you further and see if we can help you out with exchange of the currency for you.
If this is something you would wish to talk further about, please give me a call on,
0207 989 0222
look forward to speaking to you,
Best Regards,
Bradleigh Golder
KBR Foreign Exchange

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Jamie Macgregor, on behalf of JSM China Trading in SL5.

Thanks everyone for there responses, it was all really helpful information. I shall keep everyone informed on how the process goes ahead and be in touch.

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Bryony Porcas, on behalf of Flo-FX in E1.

Hi Jamie,

We are able to beat corporate bank rates on foreign currency exchange. Due to the fact we are a trading name of Ebury Partners (whose turnover last year was in the region of £1bn), we have virtually no overheads and so can substantially undercut banks and competitors. We carry out all the necessary KYC checks in line with FCA regulations and maintain a fervent desire to ensure all our clients receive the fastest, most efficient service possible.

Please send me an email on b.porcas@flo-fx.com or visit our website at www.flo-fx.com for more information.

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Omar Sheikh, on behalf of Euro-AP Trading in WA4.

Hi Jamie,

do you have a current supply for whisky? If not you can email me on omar@euro-ap.com as I have a number of contacts who can support you with under-bond whisky in volume exw UK.

regards
Omar

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Alexander Harrison, on behalf of Black Stag Trading in EH3.

Hi Jamie,

I realise that I am a little late to the party with my response but if you are still looking for a supply of single malt scotch whisky at wholesale prices, please drop me an email at a,harrison@blackstagtrading.com.

Thanks,

Alexander.

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