Alcohol Due Diligence

Are you trading legally?

If you supply (or sell) duty paid alcohol to another business within the UK, you must register and comply with the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS).


Alcohol Due Diligence

The Due Diligence Exchange Ltd are industry leaders in all things due diligence. However, with the introduction of the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme ('AWRS') and HM Revenue & Customs' ('HMRC') heavy focus on the industry we currently provide high levels of assistance in the area of alcohol due diligence.

Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme

This scheme was introduced by HMRC in 2015 to tackle alcohol fraud and failure to register and comply with its legal regulations, results in penalties, seizure of alcohol and/or removal of your right to trade legally in wholesale alcohol.

And from 1 April 2017, if you buy duty paid alcohol to sell from a UK wholesaler, you’ll also need to check that whoever you buy from has registered with HMRC and has an AWRS Unique Reference Number (URN).

Do your trading partners have poor credit?

The Due Diligence Exchange Ltd (DDE) team provide assistance with FITTED due diligence and corporate due diligence policies to support your AWRS application. However, the majority of our work involves supporting you with ongoing compliance, due diligence checks and policy services, plus assistance with assurance visits.

When you work with us, you will have:

  • A Corporate Due Diligence Policy and related procedures in place to prevent involvement in the illicit market
  • Risk based and proportionate due diligence controls and assistance in applying the FITTED approach to all due diligence controls, as legally required
  • Accessible and orderly business records, including detailed risk analyses of all your business and trading partners
  • Reviewed your processes and supply chains and be able to confirm that you are only sourcing legitimate alcohol
  • Enhanced supply chain checks

Unsure if you comply? Want to ensure that you can continue to trade legally in the wholesale of UK duty paid alcohol? Get in touch with us today.