Successful roll-out of Autostore WMS update to address HMRC excise duty changes

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Aug 1, 2023 12:00:00 PM


This month, the UK’s revenue and customs (HMRC) made significant changes to the way it charges excise duty on alcoholic beverages, including imported products as well as drinks produced in the UK. TBA Group has several clients in the beverages sector using our Autostore WMS software to manage their warehouse operations, so it was vital that this change in excise duty was effectively implemented and rolled out to these clients’ operations.

Before this new legislation came into force, alcoholic products were taxed in a variety of different ways. For example, ciders and wines were calculated per hectolitre of product only, while beers were charged per hectolitre per ABV.

The Alcoholic Products (Excise Duty) Regulations (2023) makes excise duty payable on products with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 1.3% or more for beer, wine, cider and spirits, plus other fermented products. This new system charges per litre of pure alcohol in the product.


TBA’s Autostore WMS team worked closely with our customers in this sector, ensuring that the necessary software changes were in place by the 1st August deadline. All customer installations were implemented on time, with minimal interruption into their normal operations, despite some last-minute changes in the legal requirements.

Autostore WMS is used by businesses in a wide range of sectors, including soft drinks, pet food and building materials. It’s vital that our team has a deep understanding of the challenges they all face, be they practical, economic or legal, so we can continue to support them and provide the functionality they need.

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