"Things may slowly get worse"

Meininger’s tracks the impact of Brexit upon the wine industry in a two-part series. In the first part of our Brexit series, we take a closer look at how UK importers and retailers face the grim realities of Brexit and at the easing the abandonment of VI-1 forms bring.

A story by L.M. Archer.

Shipping Warehouse / Credit: Liv-Ex
Shipping Warehouse / Credit: Liv-Ex

Award-winning Wales importer Daniel Lambert of Daniel Lambert Wines spent over five months navigating the new alphabet-soup of Brexit regulations prior to Britain’s split from the UK on 1 January 2021. Lambert even stockpiled enough inventory to weather a possible “rocky” January.

He wasn’t alone. “Liv-ex prepared as best as it could by making the most of existing techno-logy,” says Ashley Hopkins, director of operations and technology for Liv-ex (London Inter-national Vintners Exchange). “However, because the Brexit deal was not finalised until Christmas Eve, it meant that a significant number of late nights were required to finalise everything in time for 1 January.”

Unfortunately, no amount of hopeful preparation prevented the brutal blow of Brexit.

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