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Report: UK delays imposing new rules for EU wine imports

The U.K. government will postpone the implementation of new rules on wine imports from the European Union in both orderly and disorderly Brexit scenarios, the Financial Times reported.

The new certification requirements covering additional laboratory tests and forms would be waived for nine months in case of a disorderly Brexit, the FT reported, citing a recent government notice to the wine industry.

In case of a smooth Brexit, the rules would not be applicable during the transition period, which runs until December 2020 in U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's revised deal, which is yet to be approved by U.K. lawmakers, the FT added.

The rules will reportedly cost the wine industry up to £70 million every year.

The future certification requirements would be similar to the ones applicable to wine imports from countries outside the EU, such as the U.S. or Australia, according to the news article.