Brewers and wholesalers have clashed once more over government plans to stamp out duty fraud by introducing fiscal marks on beer.
The British Beer & Pub Association issued a 10-point plan that it said would tackle duty fraud and eliminate the need for beer stamps or supply chain legislation. The measures included collecting and sharing more data on beer movements and HMRC beefing up its own measuring and enforcement measures.
But the Federation of Wholesale Distributors slammed the plan for failing to go far enough to stop the illicit market, which accounts for one in 10 beers sold in the UK, according to HMRC.
“BBPA’s 10-point plan adds little to the current alcohol strategy recently described by the National Audit Office as having ‘no tangible success’ in reducing the volume of alcohol sold without duty being paid,” said FWD CEO James Bielby.
BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said: “The current strategy is still to be fully implemented and we certainly don’t need costly new legislation or beer stamps, which would be a huge new burden on our industry.”