Decanter recommends using our consolidated shipping service, but it is also possible for you to organise delivery direct to our warehouse.

Please send your wine samples (4 bottles per entry) to Sensible Wine Services (SWS) between 7 November – 09 March 2018 to the following address:


Sensible Wine Services
Unit 10, Dana Trading Estate
Transfesa Rd
Paddock Wood
TN12 6UT
United Kingdom

Contact: Mr. Karl Franz
Telephone: +44 (0) 1580 715 725

Goods receiving time: Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm.

Wine that arrives after the deadline date will not be accepted and refunds will not be issued.

If wines are held in Customs, our logistics partner can provide Registered Consignee Service for a fee of £50 + taxes per entry. Please contact our consolidated shipping agent directly for more information (Hellmann Logistic).

Hellmann Contact Details:

Steve Harris
Office +44 (0) 1304 248 390
Mobile: +44 (0) 7718 009 666
Direct: +44 (0) 1304 248 393


  • Clearly label each box of wine using the delivery label, which can be downloaded once you have entered and paid for your wine in your account.
  • Wine delivered to the Decanter office in London will not be accepted.
  • If you send your wines directly to our warehouse, you must tick the option: ‘Duties and Taxes payable by □ exporter / Charge to □ Shipper”. If the above is not completed, we cannot guarantee that the wine will not be stopped in Customs and arrive on time for the competition.
  • Decanter is not responsible for tracking the shipping of your wines, please ensure everything is in order before sending your wines.

Import License, Declaration & Duty

All duty, shipping costs, and taxes must be prepaid by the submitter of the samples. Wines must be Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), therefore instruction to complete the import declaration should be given to your forwarder/courier company, please choose ‘shipper accept all charges’ on the documentation provided by your courier company. Submitters should also be responsible for any fees related to the import declaration. Wines cannot be accepted by our logistic partner if the charges associated with shipping have not been paid. Any penalty and additional cost incurred from the non-compliance of declaration requirement in UK will be borne by the Submitters. Please note: our logistic partner does not have an excise number. Our logistic partner’s VAT number is: GB 619 3804 30.

Do I Need To Insure My Wine?

Decanter and its logistic partner will not take responsibility for wine damaged or lost whilst in transit. In the event that for reasons beyond the reasonable control of Decanter, it is necessary or advisable for the Decanter World Wine Awards to be cancelled, Decanter cannot accept any liability whatsoever for any direct or indirect loss of profit, damage or expense of any kind incurred as the result of such a cancellation.

Other shipping methods