International Spirits Challenge 2017 :: Shipping Information

Shipping Information


Step 1 – Package your samples for delivery

  • Please send TWO bottles per brand entered for the Tasting Awards.
  • Please send ONE bottle per brand entered for the Design & Packaging Awards.
  • If entering a product range for the Design & Packaging Awards, please send ONE bottle for every product in the range.
  • For any bottle samples where the brand name is not written in English, please accompany each bottle with a label in English stating the brand name and the ABV.
  • Please ensure bottles are safely packaged to avoid breakages.
  • Please note: bottles will not be returned.

Step 2 – Include the official ISC documents

  • ISC Address label: Official ISC address labels will be sent to entrants on confirmation of entries and these must be included with any packages you send. Failure to include these labels may result in your samples not being accepted at the ISC warehouse.
  • Proforma Invoice: All bottles must be accompanied by a pro forma invoice for the purpose of paying UK VAT.

    A sample pro forma invoice may be downloaded here and must be included with your shipment. However you may be required to complete additional paperwork with your shipper in addition to this pro forma invoice.

Step 3 –Send your samples

  • Customs
    Please make sure your samples are labelled and sent as Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) through your shipping agent. This is to ensure that samples do not get stuck for clearance at UK customs.

    The ISC will do everything they can to assist in clearing products through customs but the final responsibility rests with the entrant to cover any related customs charges and also ensure that products are cleared through customs in time for the judging.

    The purchase of the duty stamp service is different to customs clearance charges which are the responsibility of the entrant.
  • Please send your samples to the address below

    International Spirits Challenge 2017
    London City Bond
    Dinton Woods
    Catherine Ford Lane
    SP3 5HB
    United Kingdom

    Telephone: +44 (0) 845 498 9918
    Email -
  • Please ensure you adhere to the ISC delivery deadlines below
    Gin & Genever 27th January 2017
    Liqueurs and Specialities 27th January 2017
    Anise Spirits 27th January 2017
    Scotch Whisky 24th February 2017
    World Whisky 24th February 2017
    Vodka  24th March 2017
    White Spirits 24th March 2017
    Tequila & Mezcal 25th March 2017
    Rum, Cachaça 21st April 2017
    Brandy, Cognac 21st April 2017
    Armagnac, Calvados, Pisco, Grappa 21st April 2017
    Design & Packaging 12th May 2017

Trophy winners and Gold medallists may be asked to supply further samples for the ISC dinner in July 2017.

UK Duty Stamps

The UK Duty Stamps Scheme is UK law and applies to spirits or fortified wines with a strength of 30% alcohol by volume (ABV) or more, of 35 centilitres capacity or above, for consumption in the UK.

Each bottle that you send must have a duty stamp indicating that excise duty has either been paid, or is due to be paid, before it is released onto the UK market. It is your responsibility to pay for duty stamps.

This applies equally to bottles being used as tasting samples in the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) that meet the above criteria.

The ISC is delighted to offer a Duty Stamp service to make the process easier for you. When you enter the competition, simply opt to pay £20 extra per bottle and we will organise for Duty Stamps to be applied at our warehouse. This cost will include the UK duty, taxes and administration fees. You will be responsible for the shipping and customs clearance costs.

Please remember that you need to send two bottles per tasting entry.

It is an offence in UK law to avoid the payment of these taxes on samples.

If you wish to speak to us about any of the above, please call Helen Heppell, International Spirits Challenge on +44 (0) 1293 590 050.

If bottles for the ISC 2016 arrive which do not have UK duty stamps we will invoice you for the cost of providing the duty stamps. The invoice must be paid before the competition takes place or your entry may be withdrawn. In this instance, no refund will be made.

The Commissioners of HMR&C require evidence of payment of duties and VAT as enshrined in The Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 and enforced by The Customs & Excise Management Act 1979.

Procedures to achieve this are stipulated in the Customs Tariff and Public Notices covering alcoholic products. It is an offence to avoid the payment of these taxes on samples. Further guidance may be obtained from the HMR&C National Advice Service - telephone 08450 109000.