What you need to know about AWRS


HMRC regulations

UK merchants need to register their URN numbers with Liv-ex before selling Duty Paid stock. This is required in order to comply with regulations from HMRC.

Liv-ex’s URN number is XXAW00000100721. To submit your URN number to Liv-ex, please contact finance@liv-ex.com.

You will not be able to sell Duty Paid stock on the Exchange until we have verified your URN number.

What is AWRS?

The AWRS scheme, which came into force on 1st April 2017, makes it compulsory for all wholesalers to be registered and fully compliant with HMRC regulations.

As part of the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS), retailers will be responsible for checking they are buying from a registered source. This can be done by checking a wholesaler’s Unique Registration Number (URN) on hmrc.gov.uk and following the link to the AWRS look-up service.

If the wholesaler doesn’t have a registration number, or the number they give doesn’t show their company details on the approved list, retailers will be breaking the law if they buy alcohol from that company.

To read the full government document on the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme, click here.

Further information

We hope that you found this information useful. If you have any questions, please contact finance@liv-ex.com or call +44 (0)20 7062 8788.