Shipping samples

You have three shipping options

1. Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Use the dropdown menu to find your local participating depot. More info below

2. UK distributor

If you have a UK distributor, you can send us your samples from there

3. Independent

You are welcome to make your own shipping arrangements. Please note you will be responsible for all costs, taxes and duties

Do you need help with duty/tax shipping payment queries?

For all samples being sent to the IWSC, duty and VAT must be paid by the sender, we will not accept any duty charges.

If have any queries regarding payment of duty and/or taxes, you'll find answers to our most frequently asked questions below. 

How many samples do I need to send?

We need two samples of spirit entries. If you are entering any of our add-on awards (Design Awards or Mixer awards), we require one additional bottle for each add-on entered.

We ask for two bottles so that we can promote top-rated spirits at trade and consumer events throughout the year. In addition, if your spirit is put forward for a trophy, we will use one of the extra bottles in these judging sessions.

Please note our new address for sample delivery

We ask all our entrants to send samples in environmentally friendly packaging and avoid using cellophane and polystyrene.

Delivery address

IWSC c/o Sensible Wine Services
Unit 10 Dana Trading Estate
Transfesa Road
Paddock Wood
TN12 6UT

Important notice for direct and consolidated shipping: Non-UK producers are required to include a commercial invoice on the outside of the case that includes the information below.

Click here to download our invoice template

  • Supplier EORI number (your EORI number) and Receiver EORI number (our EORI Number - GB853914212000)
  • Number of bottles
  • Type of spirit
  • Bottle size
  • ABV%
  • Value: shown as EUR 1.00 or USD 1.00 per bottle (this is for customs purposes only)
  • Reason for export: samples for tasting
All duty and VAT must be paid by the sender and IWSC will not accept any duty charges.
All samples must be delivered duty paid (DDP). Please select 'Shipper accepts all charges' and ensure your courier account number is on the documentation provided by your courier.


About the group shipping offer - Europe and USA only

For easier shipping, entrants can select our group shipping offer. Our group shipping partner manage the export and customs process for you, all you need to do is select ‘Group Shipping’ if available, and simply ship your samples to your country’s Hellmann depot. Hellmann will then deliver the bottles direct to us, and complete the customs clearance process, saving entrants both time and money. The group shipping price covers all duty.

Pricing: £87 per entry

Make sure you have checked our entry and shipping deadlines beforehand and you must contact Hellmann Beverage Logistics prior to sending your samples. Please include your company name clearly on the box.

If you have any questions about the group shipping offer, please get in touch by emailing