Selling vintage wine to the BRICs


Hi, I’m looking to set up a company in the UK that deals in fine vintage wine. We will be looking to sell the wine to companies and individuals and target BRIC countries to start with. Our aim is to sell through local auction houses and through our website.

Can anyone advise the best way to go about this, we are going to offer wine in bond held in the UK as well as delivered by air freight.


Hi Ivon,
I can put you in touch with the company that holds the relevant certificates, tax & customs clearance and enduser distribution as well as arrangements with others for bringing in range of spirits, liquors and whiskeys.
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Hi Ivon,

For exports of wine outside the EU, you will need to prepare and submit a Customs export declaration.

Export declarations have to be submitted to the Customs computer system known as CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight) electronically. Details of the current requirements for completion of the declarations can be found in Volume 3, Part 1.9 of the UK Tariff however we would recommend that you contact a freight forwarder who can prepare and submit declarations directly onto CHIEF on your behalf.

You will need to obtain a Customs commodity code for the goods, and depending on the type of goods involved, you may require more than one.

More detailed information on the above can be found in our HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be viewed on the GOV.UK website at by typing ‘Notice 275’ in the search box and selecting the following links from the search results: > Notice 275 “Customs export procedures” a guide to UK export procedures using the National Export System.

Further detailed information regarding exporting goods outside the EU can be found by using the following link

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise

Export Action Plan