Terms & Conditions



Competition Registration

The participant can enter the Ratings by submitting an Entry Form or entering Online, paying the Entry Fee, and delivering the Entry to the Competition warehouse. Entries that do not arrive by the entry deadline cannot be refunded or credited.

No refund or credit of an Entry Fee will be given in any circumstances, including circumstances in which an Entry is disqualified, withdrawn, lost or damaged, or does not arrive in time.

Labeling and Shipping

Clearly label each box of spirits using the submission label, which can be downloaded once you have entered and paid for your spirits in your account.
If you send your spirits directly to our warehouse, you must tick the option: ‘Duties and Taxes payable by shipper'. If the above is not completed, we cannot guarantee that the spirit will not be stopped in Customs and arrive on time for the competition. Global Drinks Guide is not responsible for tracking the shipping of your spirits, please ensure everything is in order before sending your spirits.

Import License, Declaration & Duty

All duty, shipping costs, and taxes must be prepaid by the submitter of the samples. Spirits must be Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), therefore instruction to complete the import declaration should be given to your forwarder/courier company, please choose ‘shipper accept all charges’ on the documentation provided by your courier company. Submitters should also be responsible for any fees related to the import declaration. Spirits cannot be accepted by our logistic partner if the charges associated with shipping have not been paid. Any penalty and additional cost incurred from the non-compliance of declaration requirement in the UK will be borne by the Submitters.


GDG and its logistic partner will not take responsibility for spirit damaged or lost whilst in transit. In the event that for reasons beyond the reasonable control of GDG, it is necessary or advisable for the GDG to be cancelled, GDG cannot accept any liability whatsoever for any direct or indirect loss of profit, damage or expense of any kind incurred as the result of such cancellation.

Delayed Shipments

For the GDG Judges to taste your products it is essential they arrive in time. If your samples do not arrive in time for the GDG, they will not be able to be blind-tasted, or placed by the Judges. No refund should be provided.

Printing Labels and Rights (License to Print)

The purpose of License to Print was primarily arranged for the convenience of Winners that have larger quantities of bottles to add their GDG Medals. Large-scale usage of License to Print enables Winners to save manpower to add to all bottles by hand and/or they can arrange their printing more efficiently without needing to find a machine that can attach stickers with the exact dimensions that GDG Medals are issued at, can be time-consuming/not easily accessible.  GDG Medal showcases winning wines and spirits to buyers who are seeking the all-important GDG stamp of approval. Whether you are the Producer, Distributor, Importer, or Retailer, now is your chance to celebrate and boost sales.

Usage rights to GDG Medal artwork

Winners are welcome to use the GDG artwork on marketing materials related to the winning products with no restrictions if it's used for marketing material, presentations, website, press releases, trade shows, and any other marketing purpose. For usage of the GDG materials on Bottles or Packaging/Boxes, winners order either GDG Medal Stickers or the GDG License to Print. Both have no time limit to usage and are based on the quantity ordered.