Package your samples for delivery

  • Please send TWO bottles per brand entered for the Tasting Awards.
  • Please send ONE bottle per brand entered for the Design & Packaging Awards.
  • If entering a product range for the Design & Packaging Awards, please send ONE bottle for every product in the range.
  • For any bottle samples where the brand name is not written in English, please accompany each bottle with a label in English  stating the brand name and the ABV.
  • Please ensure bottles are safely packaged to avoid breakages.
  • Please note: bottles will not be returned.

Include the official ISC documents

  • ISC label: Official ISC shipping labels will be sent to entrants on confirmation of entries and these must be included with any packages you send. Failure to include these labels may result in your samples not being accepted at the ISC warehouse.
  • Proforma Invoice: All bottles must be accompanied by a pro forma invoice for the purpose of paying UK VAT.
  • A sample pro forma invoice may be found here - Pro_Forma_Invoice.docx and must be included with your shipment. However, you may be required to complete additional paperwork with your shipper in addition to this pro forma invoice.

Send your samples

  • Please send your samples to the address below

International Spirits Challenge 2018

London City Bond, Global Warehouse

Derby Street

Burton on Trent

DE14 2LE

United Kingdom

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 845 498 9918 
  • Please make sure your samples are labelled and sent as Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) through your shipping agent. This is to  ensure that samples do not get stuck for clearance at UK customs.
  • The ISC will do everything they can to assist in clearing products through customs but the final responsibility rests with the entrant to cover any related customs charges and also ensure that products are cleared through customs in time for the  judging.
  • The purchase of the duty stamp service is different to customs clearance charges which are the responsibility of the entrant. 
  • Please ensure you adhere to the ISC delivery deadlines below.
  Gin & Genever 2nd February 2018  
  Liqueurs and Specialties 2nd February 2018  
  American Whiskey, Irish Whiskey 23rd February 2018  
  Scotch Whisky, Japanese Whisky 23rd February 2018  
  World Whisky 23rd February 2018  
  Vodka, Aquavit, White Spirits 23rd March 2018  
  Baiju, Shochu, Soju 23rd March 2018  
  Tequila & Mezcal 23rd March 2018  
  Rum, Cachaça, Brandy, Cognac 20th April 2018  
  Armagnac, Calvados, Pisco, Grappa 20th April 2018  
  Pre-Mixed Drinks, Design & Packaging

11th May 2018


UK Duty Stamps

The UK Duty Stamps Scheme is UK law and applies to spirits or fortified wines with a strength of 30% alcohol by volume (ABV) or more, of 35 centilitres capacity or above, for consumption in the UK.

Each bottle that you send must have a duty stamp indicating that excise duty has either been paid, or is due to be paid, before it is released onto the UK market. It is your responsibility to pay for duty stamps.

This applies equally to bottles being used as tasting samples in the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) that meet the above criteria.

The ISC is delighted to offer a Duty Stamp service to make the process easier for you. When you enter the competition, simply opt to pay £30 extra per bottle and we will organise for Duty Stamps to be applied at our warehouse. This cost will include the UK duty, taxes and administration fees. You will be responsible for the shipping and customs clearance costs.

Please remember that you need to send two bottles per tasting entry.

It is an offence in UK law to avoid the payment of these taxes on samples.

If you wish to speak to us about any of the above, please call Rick Beaumontl, International Spirits Challenge on +44 (0) 1293 558 130.

If bottles for the ISC arrive which do not have UK duty stamps we will invoice you for the cost of providing the duty stamps. The invoice must be paid before the competition takes place or your entry may be withdrawn. In this instance, no refund will be made.

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.