FWD is fighting fit for the next stage

The strategy of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors has been updated and continues to give wholesalers the representation they deserve, according to its chairman, Francis Ball.

Paying tribute to new chief executive James Bielby, who had already had a “significant impact on the vitality and direction of the Federation” in just six months, Ball said FWD was at the forefront of fighting issues that affected its members including the continuing battle against alcohol duty fraud and the tobacco display ban.

“Through work of this nature we aim to promote the best interests of the wholesale sector and to ensure our members’ common vision for the wholesale distribution sector is understood, promoted and protected by decision makers,” said Ball.

He said the FWD’s work against duty fraud started by retired director general John Murphy had resulted in the removal of the warehousing for export element of duty drawback in the last budget.

And members could expect to see “more evidence of FWD-inspired activity in the coming weeks” following the Federation’s success in raising the issue in Westminster and Whitehall (Wholesale News, November).

He added: “The problem has not gone away as hoped and we continue to identify alcohol being sold in the UK market at unrealistic prices which can not have had the duty paid.

“Some members report, sadly, that the proplem is worse than ever.”

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