Australia has some of the world’s best winemakers and wine farms, so it comes as no surprise to get a pre-shipment label compliance and certification check from one of our retail clients in the UK.
They requested an inspection at the wine production farm. They wanted a reference on the Wine Australia certification and a wine label inspection. Australia has in recent years taken steps to ensure that no fraudulent wines make their way to the market – this initiative includes the Wine Export Label Directory.
When exporting wine from Australia, there are several inspections and certifications that may be required depending on the destination country's regulations. Some of the common inspections and certifications needed for wine exports include:
- Export Inspection and Certification Scheme (EICS): This is a mandatory inspection and certification scheme administered by the Australian government. It ensures that exported wine meets the standards and requirements of the destination country.
- Export Control (Organic Produce Certification) Order: This is a certification scheme that verifies that the exported wine is produced in compliance with organic standards.
- Phytosanitary Certificates: These certificates are issued by the Australian government's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. They confirm that the exported wine is free from pests and diseases that could be harmful to the destination country's agricultural industry.
- Certificate of Origin: This document confirms the origin of the wine and may be required by some countries to determine customs duties and taxes.
- Labeling Compliance: Exported wine must comply with the labeling requirements of the destination country, including the use of correct language, font size, and mandatory warnings.
In 2020 the UK government amended its regulations for wine imports into the UK.
- Wine that you import into Great Britain must be labeled with the address of the importer or bottler, or both. You can use the EU importer or bottler’s details until 31 December 2023.
Our buyer requested that their address be added to the bottle labeling, and as such requested that the inspector take photos of each of the 84 Cases of 12 bottles – As this shipment made a full pallet.
Our inspector found that the labeling was correctly designed and in accordance with the Australian and UK regulations and complied with our buyer’s needs. The Certification was also documented and sent directly and securely to the client - these documents are sensitive, and security is of concern to the wine producers.
If you need label compliance inspections, get a quote from Inspexion and get the inspection done before shipment at the producer’s location. With over 110 000 inspectors worldwide we have the footprint to cover your label compliance inspections anywhere in the world.