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Measures to tackle duty fraud – BBPA comments


Commenting on confirmation in the Autumn Statement that the Government is pressing ahead with measures to tackle duty fraud, including wholesale registration and due diligence, Brigid Simmonds said:

“The BBPA and our members are fully committed to working with HMRC and all stakeholders to tackle alcohol fraud. We have always welcomed HMRC’s proposals for wholesaler registration, which requires robust enforcement to be effective, alongside due diligence on first customer relationships.”

Notes to editors:

On page 96 of the Autumn Statement:
“2.136 Alcohol fraud – Following consultation, the government will introduce new measures to reduce the illicit trade in alcohol products, including a registration scheme for alcohol wholesalers that will start to take effect in 2016, and also a requirement that from early 2014 alcohol traders take reasonable steps to ensure that their suppliers and customers are legitimate.”

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96% of the beer brewed in the UK and own around half of Britain’s 49,500 pubs.


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