Under wine regulations, there are 2 principal documents for the shipment of wines into the UK. a. The certificate of origin and analysis, known as the VI1, for Third Country wines. b. The AAD is used for movement of EC wines under bond, often from another country. For internal UK movement the W8 (required by HM Revenue and Customs) is the equivalent form.
The original document and a copy must accompany the wine and comply with the model set out in the Regulation and signed by the issuing authority in the originating Third Country (or an approved producer in Australia or USA). The European Commission publishes a list of authorities and producers (see External sites). Information should be accurate, especially analytical data (Box 11) and not contravene limits set out in European Commission regulations.
- The certificate of origin section should give a description of the wine (Box 6) as stated on the label (see Regulation 555/2008 Annex XI), which is validated by the signature and stamp of the issuing authority.
- The Analysis section lists several tests carried out by an approved laboratory. 4 of these tests will give figures that are subject to limits specified for wines marketed in the European Community.
|a. Maximum total alcoholic strength (still wine)*
|b. Minimum actual alcoholic strength
|c. Maximum total sulphur dioxide
||150mg/l dry red wine
200 mg/l dry white wine
|(NB – For other sweeter wines – consult the WSB)
|d. Minimum total acidity (tartaric)
* Test not required for wines from Australia and USA: only b-d must be completed NB exemptions Some Third Countries have bilateral Agreements with the European Community that allows them to import into the EU specified wines exceeding 15% total alcohol. They include Australia (late harvest wines), Canada, Chile and South Africa. There are also a few exceptions to the 9% actual alcohol limit (including Canada and South Africa).
AADs - Accompanying documents (European Union)
Wines from other Member States (and Third Country wines once these have entered free circulation) are usually transported under bond (duty suspension) using the Administrative Accompanying Document (AAD). Although primarily intended for a range of products subject to Excise duty (Regulation 2719/92 refers) this is also required through wine sector regulations to describe a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) wines (e.g. Denominacion de Origen or Qualitatswein) and a Protected Geographical Indication wine (e.g. Vin de Pays and Indicazione Geografica Tipica) and includes the phrase This document certifies the protected designation of origin/protected geographical indication of the wines set out herein There should also be a full description of the wine (as labelled) that allows definite identification with the labelled wine. NB - Unlike the VI1 form, analysis details are not included, apart from the actual alcohol: this must be ±0.2% tolerance.