Following the UK’s departure from the EU, we have compiled the following information to answer the most frequently-asked questions, and our guidance here is based on the best available information. If you have a specific query that is not addressed below, please contact us.
What are the main impacts of Brexit for Berry Bros. & Rudd customers?
The deal that was agreed in December means that there will be no major impact on the majority of our customers. The price of wine will remain unaffected, however customers who wish to buy or withdraw non-EU or UK wines for delivery to the EU will be impacted by changes to export costs and processes, and there may be delays to shipping worldwide. We would discourage exporting Customers’ Private Reserves, wherever possible, due to the complex process. We are currently unable to deliver wines to the EU until February 2021 but are reviewing this regularly. This includes requests for export withdrawals from Customers’ Private Reserves. We will provide further information when we have this.
Will there be extra charges for wines bought before 1st January 2021?
Any En Primeur wines, or new wine releases, bought before 1st January 2021 but imported into the UK from the EU after this date will not be affected by any additional import costs.
Will my Private Reserves be affected?
Any wine you already have stored with us will not be affected by these changes. Your wines remain in bond, and – as ever – are subject to duty and VAT set by the UK Government should you wish to withdraw them and have them delivered to a UK address.
Can I still export my wines to the EU?
Yes, although there will be some changes to the costs of exporting your wines to the EU. EU customers no longer pay UK VAT or duty on export orders. However, you do need to pay import charges. We are happy to manage the Customs process on your behalf. Please note that we will be temporarily unable to accept new orders for delivery to the EU (including ROI) until February 2021. This includes requests for export withdrawals from Customers’ Private Reserves.
Will it take longer to ship my wines?
From 1st January 2021, we have had to increase the time we allow to ship orders to the EU due to longer processing time at ports, and we are currently unable to deliver to the EU until February 2021. From March onwards, we ask customers to allow around 10-15 days for delivery. We are still offering door-to-door deliveries.
How will this impact Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland?
The changes affecting customers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are not yet fully understood. We will update this information as soon as we can.