Co-founder of VignoblExport
"For the past few months, we have been facing frequent customs controls, especially in the UK, with many returns from our shipping partners. Shipments of wines that do not conform are no longer being accepted.
From now on, how can we fulfil the orders for the existing market?
Today, winegrowers have no choice but to comply with the legislation. For this reason, they look for trustworthy providers, familiar with the legislation and its developments, able to handle this complex situation without overstretching their competitiveness. In this context where nobody really knows what to do, neither the buyer nor the winemaker, the challenge is to find solutions that will eliminate the administrative, fiscal and logistical complexity and facilitate the wine trade in Europe. That is the aim of our mission and the solutions we've built. "
Founder, with Bernhard Bukovc, of Vinaficio,
Specialist in excise and VAT management in Europe
"Today, there is a real demand from European buyers seduced by French wines. In the wine-growing sector, there is no real free trade at a European level. Administration and taxation are very complex; each country has its own legislation, its own VAT rates and its own taxes (excise duties). Most of the time, winegrowers choose between two options: refuse the sale and miss a market opportunity or attempt the shipment and risk being controlled at the border and having to comply with the legislation in force. If the fine is sent to the recipient, it is known from experience that the latter turns to the seller. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.
The risk is not fantasised. As long as there is no liberalisation of the trade in Europe of wines and spirits, winegrowers will have to find solutions to deal with the administrative and fiscal complexity they face. ”