Bulk importation guidance

3rd September 2010

Explore the many advantages of bulk wine importation that can be harnessed for the benefit of businesses, consumers and the environment.

Some benefits of bulk importation:
A reduction of up to 40% in CO2 emissions during shipping, equating to a saving of approximately 2kg of CO2 per 100km travelled
A reduction in transportation costs of up to 40%
The potential for further reductions in associated CO2 by onward transportation in short-sea vessels, barge or train before bottling

Increasingly companies across the international supply chain are realising the benefits of shipping wine in bulk and bottling closer to the point of sale, rather than bottling at source.

A standard shipping container holds between 12,000 and 13,000 bottles of wine, packed in cardboard boxes which are stacked within pallets. Flexitanks, which are commonly used for bulk importation, however, can carry the equivalent of nearly 32,000 bottles of wine without taking up additional space. Bulk importation therefore allows more wine to be transported per trip, creating significant environmental benefits, cost savings and logistical efficiencies.

“Shipping in bulk and bottling in the UK has a number of benefits. The obvious environmental benefits, such as a lower carbon footprint and a reduction in packaging through the use of lightweight glass, is matched with logistical benefits including improved shelf life and greater flexibility to respond quickly to customer demands. There are also significant cost savings when bottling in the UK - an added benefit given the increasingly tight margins faced by brand owners in the UK.”

Australian Vintage UK & Europe general manager, Paul Schaafsma