Brewers and wholesalers are on a collision course again - this time over government plans to introduce a register of wholesalers in a bid to tackle alcohol duty fraud.

The BBPA said this week it would be making the case that any registration system should be as ‘light touch’ as possible.

But the FWD, which proposed the scheme, said last week that any registration system must be properly implemented to ensure it does not legitimise rogue traders who abuse the system.

“We have long called for a duty fraud taskforce, and we support the registration of wholesalers,” said a BBPA spokesman. “Whilst it’s right that pubs ensure they are buying from legitimate suppliers, HMRC need to strike a balance between due diligence and additional bureaucracy.”

The brewers’ and wholesalers’ representatives previously clashed over proposals to introduce spirits-style duty stamps on all cans and bottles of beer.