Safeguard - What is AWRS?

The AWRS scheme, which came into force on 1st April 2017, makes it compulsory for all wholesalers to be registered and fully compliant with HMRC regulations for sale of wine and spirits.

As part of the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS), retailers will be responsible for checking they are buying from a registered source. This can be done by checking a wholesaler’s Unique Registration Number (URN) for safeguard on hmrc and following the link to the AWRS look-up service.

If the wholesaler doesn’t have a registration number, or the number they give doesn’t show their company details on the approved list, retailers will be breaking the law if they buy alcohol from that company.  Penalties for failure to comply with the registration, which includes a £10,000 fine, up to seven years in jail and seizure of stock, will come into effect from 1 April 2016. Penalties for trade buyers who buy alcohol from unregistered wholesalers will start from 1 April 2017.

Any alcohol found in the premises of unregistered businesses may be seized, whether or not the duty has been paid. 

To read the full government document on the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme, click here

We believe every consumer should be safe-guarded when buying online, so we are happy to have been approved and registered (2017).

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