These include the EU-Australia wine agreement, which encourages and recognises wine trade and recognises the PGI in both countries. By volume, most of Australia`s wine is exported. The United Kingdom has been an important export market for Australian wines since the 1990s. This is Australia`s number one export target by volume. It is also Australia`s third largest export destination in terms of value: $380 million worth of wine was exported from Australia to the UK in the 12 months to September 2018. A VI-1 form is a document that is exposed to the domestic market of a wine exporter and that completely describes the wines – a certificate of chemical analysis. What will happen to the post-Brexit vi-1 forms for Australian wine deliveries that have entered the UK and are then transferred to the 27 continental EU Member States? These indirect shipments are mass-packaged Australian wines in the UK before handling, as well as packaged wine, separated from a shipment to the UK and sold in European markets. Wine Australia estimates that at least 100,000 such transactions take place each year. Article 59 of the European Commission Regulation (EC) 479/2008 stipulates that the label of an imported wine indicates the name and address of the importer. Article 56 of regulation (EC) 607/2009 defines the importer as a person “established in the EU”. But after Brexit, no one based in the UK will meet that definition. Therefore, a wine sold in one of the 27 EU Member States, with the exception of the United Kingdom, must provide information provided by an importer in one of the remaining 27 Member States. Free trade negotiations between the two countries began on 17 June.

Before leaving the EU, the UK participated in two trade agreements with Australia, which remained in force after Brexit to “ensure continuity.” On Wine Australia`s website, it was found that the UK had introduced its own version of the VI-1 document, which is required for most wine deliveries to the EU. This certificate is almost identical to the standard EU certificate, but replaced by references to the EU with references to the UK. But they have other trade agreements and other issues: “We strongly support the continuation of Australia`s aggressive free trade agenda. High-quality global trade agreements have real long-term benefits for Australian wine and wineries, which do so much to support Australia`s regional economy through employment, exports, food tourism and wine tourism. “There must be an agreement with our European friends before the European Council on 15 October… If we do not reach an agreement between now and then, I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us, and we should accept it and continue. We will then have a trade agreement with the EU, like Australia. “Australia`s long-standing wine export relationship with the United Kingdom can only be strengthened by this free trade agreement, which stimulates the ability of Australian winemakers and winemakers to deliver their wines to British consumers. »