Shipping can be arranged either through a UK distributor or you can make arrangements independently.
How many bottles should I send?
Please send in TWO bottles per brand entered for the Tasting Competition.
ONE bottle per brand is required for the Design & Packaging and Marketing Awards. If entering a product range, please send ONE bottle for every product in the range.
Gold medallists and Trophy winners may be asked to supply further samples for the ISC Awards Dinner in July.
UK Duty Stamps
Entrants are responsible for all charges relating to UK duties, taxes and clearance (this is not included in the entry fee). These are payable even though the samples are not for commercial use.
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.
If you are sending samples via a carrier please be aware that UK law requires that any spirituous beverage of an alcoholic strength of 30% or more in containers holding 35 centilitres or more for consumption within the UK bears a duty stamp. This regulation applies to samples with the same force as to commercial consignments of such products.
Entrants can purchase UK Duty stamps online during the order process. The cost to purchase UK Duty Stamps though the International Spirits Challenge is £20 per bottle. This will cover UK duty and taxes, plus storage and logistics. Please note that entrants are required to send two bottles per entry.
If you wish to speak to us about any of the above, please call Russell Dodd, International Spirits Challenge on +44 (0)1293 590 052.
Where do I send my samples?
PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:
1) All bottles should be accompanied by a pro forma invoice with a nominal value of £1 per bottle and the statement "for tasting purposes only, not for resale". This is for the purpose of paying UK VAT. Please ensure all deliveries are labeled with the name of the submitter and 'International Spirits Challenge 2013' .
2) Please quote and enclose your receipt number when sending any sample bottles. You can find your receipt number at the top right hand corner of your invoice.
3) All bottles delivered to the ISC must be accompanied by a label translating the brand name into English where appropriate.
4) Please send to:
London City Bond, Vinotheque, Derby Turn, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1RY, United Kingdom, Telephone - 01375 853777, Fax - 01283 512578, Email - email@example.com
Please adhere to the deadlines stated in 'Important Dates' and on your entry form. Late entries may not be accepted.