World Wine Trade Group Labelling Agreement

Further information on the group is available at: www.trade.gov/td/ocg/wwtg.htm In March 2013, the WWTG concluded the Protocol to the 2007 Convention on Wine Labelling Requirements, which builds on the 2007 Convention and establishes common parameters for labelling requirements for alcohol tolerance information, variety, vintage and wine region. The protocol ensures regulatory predictability and consistency across all WWTG markets. The Protocol has been in force for Australia, Chile, Georgia and New Zealand since October 2017. If you would like to know more about the wwtg industry section or would like your national wine association to become a participant, please contact: communications@wwtg.org It has been decided to change the name of the group to World Wine Trade Group to reflect the group`s focus on wine trade facilitation. Within the framework of the MAA, the Group has already agreed to mutually accept the wine-growing practices of the other Parties. WWTG continues its contacts with other wine-producing countries in order to facilitate import and export markets for the wine trade. In October 2011, participants signed a Memorandum of Understanding on certification requirements to remove barriers to international wine trade and support wine exporters in each participating country by promoting the elimination of heavy requirements and routine certifications of wine products and ingredients. Ratification of the WWTG Agreement on Wine Labelling involves changing the rules for measuring trade to allow the volume indication to appear in a place other than the main display panel of a bottle of wine, as is currently required, thus failing to provide consumers with the important product information needed for an informed decision. [29] These Regulations do not apply to the heading of measurement marking for full-size wine containers set out in the World Wine Trade Group Agreement on Wine Labelling Requirements, signed by the Commonwealth Minister of Commerce on January 23, 2007. The MA benefits winegrowers, exporters and importers by giving them access to markets without the costs and frustrations of trade barriers due to different winemaking practices. Following the conclusion of the agreement on oenological practices, the WWTG addressed labelling issues.

The Agreement on Wine Labelling Requirements was initialled on 20 September 2006 and signed on 23 January 2007 in Canberra, Australia, by all participants except South Africa (which acceded in 2011). With this agreement, which harmonises certain common labelling requirements, the WWTG aims to minimise unnecessary barriers to trade and thus facilitate international trade in wine. The Memorandum of Understanding on Certification facilitates international trade in wine by providing that routine certification of wine composition should only be required for health and safety reasons, in accordance with WTO rules, and requires that any certification comply with Codex standards. The group is guided by principles that facilitate the wine trade and protect consumers, which benefits both wine-exporting and wine-importing countries. The WWTG recognizes the unique characteristics of each regulatory system and works for mutual acceptance of practices and labelling, rather than imposing a single regulatory approach. The WWTG also provides an invaluable platform for sharing information and coordinating positions on trade barriers. .

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