The Plot thickens
I posted all this on the JR forum too and got a really helpful reply from Michael Schmidt
From: Michael Schmidt <email@example.com>
Reply to: Michael Schmidt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sunday, 27 February 2022 at 16:21
To: Editorial team <email@example.com>
Subject: please forward to Peter Harvey, I do not have his email address
here is an excerpt of Peter Kriechel’s reply to me:
vielen lieben Dank für deine Mühe.
Ich habe gerade schon mal nach gehört und alle Weine wurden auch nach UK vor Weihnachten verschickt.
Eigentlich sollten Sie auch die Flasche bereits erhalten haben.
Wir haben für nicht zu gestellte Flaschen ein eigenes Modul kreiert.
in a nutshell it says that all wines were sent out before Xmas. He is at the hub of the flood wine organisation. I do not wish to be too critical of the tourist board, but they are probably better at sending you a map of hiking paths, or, at the moment, information, which roads not to use.
I will personally make sure that you either get your wine or your money back, I owe it to the followers of German wine on Jancis as well as the flood-stricken Ahr community.
But first an explanation of what the delay is all about: All the wines to the UK werer probably sent out as one consignment. If single cases are sent out, it is after Brexit usually down to the delivery company to collect the duty from the recipient, unless it has been paid up front by the sender. In this case of one large consignment it will probably have been held up by Customs and Excise to get the duty paid in one go by the sender. The Flood Wine supplier did not pay this, because they regarded your and all the other recipients’ money as a donation, on which no tax would be due. What is now happening is that the Flood Wine People want to get confirmation from the German Finance ministry that if they pay the duty t it will get refunded. As I mentioned, we are talking about a sum in excess of one millio Euro.
Unfortunately this seems to be one of the consequences of Brexit. I have personal experience on a much smaller scale. One of my daughter’s sent me a T-shirt as a christmas present from the UK, which took over one month to arrive , and then was held at the post office till I coughed up 8 Euros in duty.
Almost every single parcel or large format letter from the UK is now opened by Customs, which delays delivery, usually by weeks.
To help you I would require a little more information: Who exactly did you order the wine from and to whose account was the money paid?. If you should not receive the wine, I would make sure that you get your money back. Did you receive any correspondence from DHL, UPS or any other delivery company, hopefully with a tracking number?. Because of the additional task of having to collect duty quite a few companies have stopped handling deliveries to the UK.
Brexit did not sever my ties with Europe, it has just made them a little tighter. But now, without further delay, I shall watch Liverpool vs Chelsea in the cup final. And that’s not just because they both have German managers.
I asked Michael if he would help TWS members stuck in the same boat and he said yes…
I have finally made out your email address at the very top of the correspondence. I shall now fill in your claim form and forward it to Peter Kriechel-
You can tell your friends to send me the relevant details (as you have done) and I shall take care of their claim. Please ask them to send their mail straight to
you will her from me (or the Flood ine people) in due course.