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HMRC internal manual

Holding and Movements Alcohol Strategy - Supply Chains

Supply Chain Assurance: What if the result of my supply chain audit raises significant concerns about a registered Excise trader?

It is a basic requirement of approval that traders operate in a reasonably transparentway. Where traders appear to lack transparency, either in their organisation or theirdealings with excise goods, officers must question and consider whether the trader’sactivity compromises our ability to gain an acceptable level of assurance or represents ahigher than acceptable revenue risk. If either is the case, officers should seek anexplanation from the trader. If the explanation is not credible or satisfactory, officersmust consider whether continued approval is justified given any risks identified. See X99Approvals and Registrations guidance for further information.