About us imageThe BWA is a non profit membership based association established in 1885 which provides a professional service to its members and related organisations specifically involved in bonded warehousing. Its broad membership base includes the major Spirit producers and their service providers and those generally associated with the beverage industry and other key sectors such as Logistics, Warehousing/Distribution, IT Systems and Transport.

Our Aims

The purpose of the BWA is to:
* Represent the interests of beverage manufacturers and associated supplier and service companies.
* Promote the business interests of members in formulation and implementation of U.K. and European legislation.
* Encourage exchange of best practice information between members.
* Provide an effective communication network on key business issues.
* Provide technical and legal support to members through delivery of awareness training programmes

The Association has advanced and grown over the years and has twice changed name, first to The Scottish Bonded Warehousekeepers Association, and then in 1979 to The Bonded Warehousekeepers Association. Membership was restricted to companies who held a Custom & Excise Bond, and the object of the Association was "to generally, and always in so far as consistent with the Law, to promote interests of members". Following publication of a consultancy report on how the Association should develop and move forward into the next century, the Constitution was altered to allow a broadening of the membership. Today, companies associated with the beverage industry, such as Information Technology, Logistics, Transport and Distribution, Co Packers,  material handling equipment suppliers, security organisations and other service providers are welcome as members.

Our Activities

We are represented on the Joint Alcohol Trades Consultation Group (JATCG), Joint Alcohol Anti-Fraud Taskforce (JAAT)  and are signatories to the Excise Alliance with HMRC, dedicated to developing co-operative approaches leading to detection of smugglers and fraudsters. A publication by the BWA of a new booklet on cask end stops which gained full approval of the Health & Safety Executive. A BWA initiative on bar coding of casks has transformed warehousing activities in the whisky business. Adopted by SWA and major companies this new data capture system has become the industry standard for the identification and control of maturing Scotch. Seminars are frequently organised by the BWA to allow members and HMRC representatives to discuss topics relevant to the drinks industry. Members of the BWA were instrumental in advising and supporting HMRC in preparation of the revised Public Notice 197 "Warehousing and Duty Suspension". We also have a representative and fully participate in the SWA H&S action group. The BWA are signatories to a MoU which includes all JATCG members and sets out to secure a formal framework of cooperation between the Commissioners and our members and specifically aimed at minimizing the potential for fraud within the industry.


1. Representation

The BWA has over 70 companies as members throughout the UK and has established very close links to Government, regulatory bodies and other Associations. The BWA will engage on a strategic and partnership level to ensure that its members have a powerful voice which is acknowledged and listened to along with a consistent approach and vehicle to influence future legislation and policy.

2. Information and Consultancy

Members will have prompt access to all relevant information that affects their bonded warehouse status and have a forum to share and benchmark. The opportunity to influence policy and shape the future is there as the BWA are amongst a select group that is sought out for its views and assessment of issues impacting the industry. HMRC specialists within the BWA are available to give advice and consultancy on all matters relating to the operation of Customs & Excise Warehouses and the HMRC rules and regulations that govern them. Awareness Training along with Health Checks packages are available for members.

3. Networking

Within the membership there exists a huge amount of knowledge and experience across all sectors of the industry which can be tapped into and exploited. A number of activities ranging from Seminars on specific topics to social events and special interest groups are planned each year which has proved to be very successful in building relationships and developing interaction between fellow professionals with common issues.

4. Recognition

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