Is a licence needed to distribute salt?

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by Digimem, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Digimem

    Digimem UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hello, asking this for a friend.

    He wants to distribute a brand of Kocher Salt that comes in from Poland to restaurants and shops here in the UK. He's not the importer, another company imports.

    Does he need any license or accreditation for this? Bearing in mind the salt is already packaged in retail packaging.

    Thanks
    Digi
     
    Posted: Aug 13, 2019 By: Digimem Member since: Apr 20, 2017
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  2. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    None
     
    Posted: Aug 13, 2019 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  3. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    He'll be buying from the importer and selling to the customers? Needs to be registered as a business.
     
    Posted: Aug 13, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  4. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    He just need to tell HMRC he is self employed by the specified date, the only businesses who are registered are Ltd companies and the like
     
    Posted: Aug 13, 2019 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  5. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Yes register with HMRC as a business.
     
    Posted: Aug 13, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  6. Gordon L

    Gordon L UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Operating as a Limited company would be suggested (it looks better) and I would suggest VAT registration also.

    I am sure if it is packed in Poland that food labelling will comply with the pan European rules on food labelling and nutritional information.

    Other certification which may be of help will be BRC.
     
    Posted: Aug 13, 2019 By: Gordon L Member since: Jul 22, 2019
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  7. ecommerce84

    ecommerce84 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    He will most likely need to register as a food business with his local authority.

    Taken from: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/register-a-food-business

    “You will need to register your food business if you:
    • sell food
    • cook food
    • store or handle food
    • prepare food
    • distribute food
    Companies involved with food distribution or food supply that operate from an office should also register as food businesses. This applies even if no food is kept at the premises.”
     
    Posted: Aug 13, 2019 By: ecommerce84 Member since: Feb 24, 2007
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  8. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Perhaps more importantly it will need to meet UK rules on food labelling and nutritional information after we leave the EU.
    Whatever those rules turn out to be once parliament has a chance to meddle / change things.
     
    Posted: Aug 13, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  9. Digimem

    Digimem UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hello, my friend wants to thank everyone for your replies and really appreciates it.
     
    Posted: Aug 14, 2019 By: Digimem Member since: Apr 20, 2017
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