Welcome to the official website for the Industry Section of the WWTG - an informal grouping of industry representatives from wine producing countries around the world. Our Vision is for "a successful, competitive and growing global wine industry, characterized by social responsibility, sustainability and focus on consumer interests, operating in a climate free of trade-distorting factors." Please use this website to learn more about WWTG's government/private sector initiatives, industry news and our other efforts promoting free and responsible international trade in wine.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/TBT/N/LTU/22

Country: Lithuania
Category: Labelling
Notification Date: 12/11/2013
Final Comment Date: 3/9/2014
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/1gIVcJq

Draft law of the Republic of Lithuania amending and supplementing Articles 2, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13 of the Law on the management of packaging and packaging waste and the supplementation thereof with Articles 11(1), 12(1), 12(2), 12(3) (7 pages, in Lithuanian and English). http://bit.ly/1kmQukB
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Monday, December 16, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/TBT/N/ARG/165/Add.4

Country: Argentina
Category: Standards of Identity, Labelling
Notification Date: 11/19/2013
Final Comment Date: 12/31/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/1di2sGT

Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade - Notification - Argentina - Wine products - Addendum
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Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

New FAS GAIN Report: Canada

Title: Overview of the Wine and Spirits Sector in Canada
Publication Date: 26 July, 2013
Report Link: http://1.usa.gov/146dBuP

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Friday, August 23, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/SPS/N/CHN/630

Country: China
Category: Contaminants (pesticides, metals etc.)
Notification Date: 8/12/2013
Final Comment Date: 10/11/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/16DkMbQ

Sets limit for Ochratoxin A in wine and coffee.
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Monday, August 19, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/SPS/N/ARG/171

Country: Argentina
Category: Composition, Winemaking Practices
Notification Date: 8/14/2013
Final Comment Date: 10/19/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/14WMoeH

Text proposes to establish new methanol limits for red, white and rose wines.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Call for submissions on application to use fungal chitosan as a processing aid

Country:Australia New Zealand
Category:Processing Aids
Notification Date:8/12/2013
Final Comment Date:9/23/2013
Documents Link:http://bit.ly/17HEPmZ   

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today invited submissions on the use of chitosan as a processing aid in the production of wine, beer, cider, spirits and food grade ethanol.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/TBT/N/ISR/696

Country: Israel
Category: Labelling
Notification Date: 7/19/2013
Final Comment Date: 9/19/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/16JrGLl

Public Health Regulations (Food) (Nutritional Labelling) 5773 - 2013 (4 pages, in Hebrew)
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New FAS GAIN Report: India

Title: Draft Food Import Regulations - 2012
Publication Date: 06 August, 2013
Report Link: http://1.usa.gov/1eHXpPD

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Monday, August 12, 2013

New EU Official Journal Entry: COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 753/2013 of 2 August 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 607/2009

Title: COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 753/2013 of 2 August 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 607/2009
Publication Date: 02 August, 2013
OJ Link: http://bit.ly/13giMT4

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/TBT/N/TUR/41 (Turkey)

Category: Labelling
Notification Date: 8/6/2013
Final Comment Date: 8/9/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/15OCc4R

Draft Communiqué on Warning Messages Placed on Containers of Alcoholic Beverages
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New WTO Notification: G/TBT/N/TUR/42 (Turkey)

Category: Labelling, General
Notification Date: 8/9/2013
Final Comment Date: 8/9/2013
Documents Link: http://1.usa.gov/193xj99

REGULATION AMENDING THE REGULATION ON PROCEDURES AND PRINCIPLES CONCERNING DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN TRADING OF ALCOHOL AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

New EU Official Journal Entry: COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 752/2013 of 31 July 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 555/2008 as regards national support programmes and trade with third countries in the wine sector

Title: COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 752/2013 of 31 July 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 555/2008 as regards national support programmes and trade with third countries in the wine sector
Publication Date: 31 July, 2013
OJ Link: http://bit.ly/1b9f7fg

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/TBT/N/CAN/393

Category: Standards of Identity, Labelling
Notification Date: 7/1/2013
Final Comment Date: 8/29/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/186sHlz

Proposed Amendments to Certain Regulations and the Creation of a New Regulation Administered and Enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (17 pages, available in English and French).
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/SPS/N/TPKM/289

Category: Contaminants (pesticides, metals etc.)
Notification Date: 6/18/2013
Final Comment Date: 8/17/2013
Documents Link: http://1.usa.gov/16KECSe

Draft Amendment to The Hygiene Standards for Alcohol Products Containers The draft amendment to part of this appendix of Article 5 includes the additional requirements on the phthalates contents and phthalates migration of plastics and the total phthalates content of polyvinylchloride (PVC) material.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

New WTO Notification: 297/Add.1

Category: Labelling
Notification Date: 6/12/2013
Final Comment Date: 1/1/2001
Documents Link: http://1.usa.gov/11QWlli

United States of America Notification USA/297/Add.1: Modification of Mandatory Label Information for Wine
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Friday, June 7, 2013

TTB: Modification of Mandatory Label Information for Wine

Title: Modification of Mandatory Label Information for Wine
Publication Date:05 June, 2013
Link:http://1.usa.gov/ZPCclp

Washington, D.C. — On June 10, 2013, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a final rule in the Federal Register amending its regulations regarding the mandatory labeling requirements for wine. The regulatory change permits alcohol content to appear on other labels affixed to the container rather than requiring it to appear on the brand label. This regulatory change provides greater flexibility in wine labeling and will conform the TTB wine labeling regulations to the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) Agreement on Requirements for Wine Labeling. This final rule will be effective on August 9, 2013.

As described in the final rule, TTB also has determined that a new certificate of label approval (COLA) is not required if the only change made to the labels appearing on a previously issued COLA is the moving of the alcohol content information to a label other than the brand label. To view the complete rulemaking record regarding this regulatory amendment, including the proposed rule (Notice No. 74), the public comments received in response to the proposed rule, and the final rule (T.D. TTB–114) once it is published, see Docket No. TTB–2007–0065 at the “Regulations.gov”.

Friday, May 10, 2013

New FAS GAIN Report: Australia/China

Title: Australia and China sign Agricultural Agreement
Publication Date: 03 May, 2013
Report Link: http://1.usa.gov/16C8nH3

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

New EU Official Journal Entry: L124/1

Title: COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION of 9 April 2013 on the use of common methods to measure and communicate the life cycle environmental performance of products and organisations
Publication Date: 09 April, 2013
OJ Link: http://bit.ly/11aXpXS

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Monday, May 6, 2013

New FAS GAIN Report: Turkey

Title: Alcoholic Beverages Sector Report
Publication Date: 29 April, 2013
Report Link: http://1.usa.gov/16llddl

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

New FAS GAIN Report: India

Title: India Public Comments on Draft Wine Standards
Publication Date: 23 April, 2013
Report Link: http://1.usa.gov/Zm71sn

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New WTO Notification: TBT/N/ARG/93/A2

Category: Standards of Identity
Notification Date: 05/01/2013
Final Comment Date: /0/0
Documents Link: http://1.usa.gov/12e3oXa

Resolution No. C. 130/2013 of the National Institute of Vitiviniculture (INV) amends Point I.9 of Annex I to INV Resolution No. C. 1/2003 (G/TBT/N/ARG/93) on the classification of sparkling wines according to sugar content.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/SPS/N/SGP/48

Category: Winemaking Practices
Notification Date: 04/17/2013
Final Comment Date: 06/16/2013
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Description of content: The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has completed a review of the Food Regulations and proposes the following amendments:
a. To allow the use of the following new food additives:
i. Arabinogalactan (larch gum) as an emulsifier and stabiliser (under the Sixth Schedule).
ii. Alpha-amylase (from Bacillus subtilis) as a processing aid (under the Eighth Schedule).
iii. Aminopeptidase (from Aspergillus oryzae) as a processing aid (under the Eighth Schedule).
iv. Cellulase (from Trichoderma longibrachiatum) as a processing aid (under the Eighth Schedule).
v. Glucoamylase (or amyloglucosidase from Aspergillus niger) as a processing aid (under the Eighth Schedule).
vi. Glycerophospholipid cholesterol acyltransferase (from a genetically modified strain of Bacillus licheniformis, as a processing aid (under the Eighth Schedule).
vii. Hemicellulase (endo-1,4-â-xylanase from a genetically modified strain of Bacillus subtilis) as a processing aid (under the Eighth Schedule).
viii. Hemicellulase (endo-1,4-â-xylanase from a genetically modified strain of Aspergillus niger) as a processing aid (under the Eighth Schedule).
ix. Hexose oxidase (from a genetically modified strain of Hansenula polymorpha) as a processing aid (under the Eighth Schedule). 

b. Clarification of use categories for the chemical preservative dimethyl dicarbonate: Dimethyl dicarbonate (DMDC) is currently permitted to be added to "non-alcoholic drinks" up to the maximum level of 250ppm (under the Fourth Schedule of the Food Regulations). However, the food category "non-alcoholic drinks" is not well defined, and may overlap with various food categories in the Fourth Schedule such as "soft drinks for consumption without dilution (other than fruit drink or fruit crush)", and "fruit drink and fruit crush". AVA proposes to amend the Regulations to clearly define the food categories which may be added with DMDC and the maximum permitted use levels, as follows: Selected Foods Maximum amount of dimethyl dicarbonate in parts per million (ppm)*

Water-based flavoured drinks, including "sport", "energy", or "electrolyte" drinks and particulated drinks 250
Ready-to-drink coffee, coffee substitutes, tea, herbal infusions, and other hot cereal and grain beverages (excluding cocoa) 250
Cider and perry 250
Grape wines 200
Wines (other than grape) 250
Mead 200 *

Added level; residue of dimethyl dicarbonate not detected in the ready-to-eat food.

c. To specify maximum limits for the following incidental constituents:
i. Aflatoxin B1, up to 0.1 ppb in food for infants and young children.
ii. Aflatoxin M1, up to 0.025 ppb in infant formula (calculated on the reconstituted ready-to-consume product).
iii. Patulin, up to 10 ppb in food (other than processed cereal-based food) for infants and young children.
iv. Melamine, up to 1 ppm in powdered infant formula; up to 0.15 ppm in liquid infant formula (as consumed), up to 2.5 ppm in any other foods.

d. To allow the use of polydextrose in infant formula, up to a maximum permitted level of 0.2 g per 100 ml. 

e. To make editorial amendments to the format for the nutrition information panel (NIP) (under the Twelfth Schedule) Presently, the NIP format under the Twelfth Schedule requires that the units for nutrients (other than energy, protein, fat and carbohydrate) are to be declared in "g", and further specifies that sodium, potassium and cholesterol are to be declared in "mg". This may give the erroneous impression that the units for vitamins and minerals (as well as any other nutrient) are to be declared in "g". Some vitamins and minerals are added in microgram (mcg) quantities, while other vitamins and minerals are added in milligram (mg) quantities. In addition, there are other forms of measurements which are commonly used for certain vitamins, such as "I.U" (International Units), and the present NIP format does not reflect such forms of declaration. It is proposed to amend the Twelfth Schedule to specify that the nutrients are to be declared either in mcg, mg, g or other units of measurement, as appropriate. This will better address the forms of measurement currently employed by the industry.

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New WTO Notification: G/SPS/N/VNM/44

Category: Contaminants (pesticides, metals etc)
Notification Date: 04/22/2013
Final Comment Date: 06/22/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/10AW31A

Draft of National technical regulation on the safety and hygiene glass, porcelain or enamelled implements, containers, and packaging in direct contact with food Language(s): Vietnamese Number of pages: 5 Get Text Here Description of content: This draft regulation specifies technical requirements on quality, hygiene and safety for glass, porcelain or enamelled implements, containers, and packaging in direct contact with food in the territory of Viet Nam.
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New WTO Notification: G/TBT/N/VNM/31

Category: Contaminants (pesticides, metals etc)
Notification Date: 04/10/2013
Final Comment Date: 06/07/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/14sVwmp

Description of content: This proposed regulation specifies management and technical requirements on quality, hygiene and safety for glass, porcelain or enamelled implements, containers, and packaging in direct contact with food. Both domestic and foreign entities and individuals who produce and carry out business of glass, porcelain or enamelled implements, containers, and packaging in direct contact with food in the territory of Viet Nam shall comply with the regulation.
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New WTO Notification: G/SPS/N/TPKM/285

Category: Contaminants (pesticides, metals etc)
Notification Date: 04/23/2013
Final Comment Date: 06/22/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/16loY2C

Title of the notified document: Draft Amendment to the Hygiene Standards for Alcohol Products Language(s): Chinese and English Number of pages: 2 (1 page in Chinese and 1 page in English) http://members.wto.org/crnattachments/2013/sps/CHT/13_1618_00_x.pdf Description of content: The draft amendment is to protect consumers' safety by stipulating that alcohol products shall not have toxic substances or any other matter harmful to human health. Translation: Get translation here
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New WTO Notification: G/SPS/N/MEX/233

Category: General
Notification Date: 03/14/2013
Final Comment Date: 05/06/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/17A1ma6

Proyecto de Norma Oficial Mexicana PROY NOM 142 SSA1/SCFI 2013, Bebidas alcohólicas. Especificaciones sanitarias. Etiquetado sanitario y commercial (Draft Mexican Official Standard PROY NOM 142 SSA1/SCFI 2013, Alcoholic beverages. Health specifications. Health and commercial labelling) Language(s): Spanish Number of pages: 15 http://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5290967&fecha=08/03/2013 http://members.wto.org/crnattachments/2013/sps/MEX/13_1106_00_s.pdf Description of content: The purpose of the notified Standard is to establish the health specifications and health and commercial labelling provisions for alcoholic beverages marketed in Mexican territory. It is binding throughout Mexican territory on natural and legal persons engaged in the processing or importation of these products. Products destined for export are excluded from the scope of the text.
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Friday, April 5, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/TBT/N/MEX/254

Category: General
Notification Date: 03/13/2013
Final Comment Date: 05/06/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/XukzXe

(Draft Mexican Official Standard PROY NOM 142 SSA1/SCFI 2013: Alcoholic beverages. Health specifications. Health and commercial labelling) (15 pages, in Spanish) . This draft Standard establishes the health specifications and health and commercial labelling provisions for alcoholic beverages marketed in Mexican territory. It is binding throughout Mexican territory on natural and legal persons engaged in the processing or importation of these products. Products destined for export are excluded from the scope of the text. Pre packaged alcoholic beverages must display a label featuring a description of the product or words, illustrations or other graphics relating to the product. Graphic descriptions of the suggested use and method of preparing the product are permitted, providing that a written description is also included.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New FAS GAIN Report: Chile

Title: Chile Wine Annual Report
Publication Date: 26 March, 2013
Report Link: http://1.usa.gov/10A78Ab

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/SPS/N/CHN/602

Category: Winemaking Practices
Notification Date: 03/27/2013
Final Comment Date: 05/26/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/XbU8mM

National Food Safety Standard: Standards for Uses of Food Additives Language(s): Chinese Number of pages: 176 http://members.wto.org/crnattachments/2013/sps/CHN/13_1280_00_x.pdf This standard sets the principles for the use of food additives. The standard covers different varieties of food additives, food categories, the maximum use levels for food additives and amount of residue.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Proposed Indian National Wine Standards

The Indian Grape Processing Board has posted information on its website concerning the development of National Wine Standards in India.

Three draft documents are available for download, with an invitation for stakeholders and others to comment by April 15, 2013, together with the necessary contact information.

Further information can be obtained here: http://bit.ly/17L1scw

Saturday, March 23, 2013

New FAS GAIN Report: Australia

Title: 2013 Wine Annual Australia
Publication Date: 19 March, 2013
Report Link: http://1.usa.gov/16OZSXx

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New FAS GAIN Report: South Africa

Title: The South African Wine Industry: Production, Consumption and Trade
Publication Date: 14 March, 2013
Report Link: http://1.usa.gov/YFt3Vo

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New FAS GAIN Report: Hong Kong

Title: Consolidation in the Hong Kong Wine Market
Publication Date: 06 March, 2013
Report Link: http://1.usa.gov/Y7vf8M

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Monday, March 11, 2013

New EU Official Journal Entry: L67/10

Title: COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 202/2013 of 8 March 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 555/2008 as regards the submission of support programmes in the wine sector and trade with third countries
Publication Date: 09 March, 2013
OJ Link: http://bit.ly/13R5X63

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

New FAS GAIN Report: New Zealand

Title: 2013, A Year of Recovery for the New Zealand Wine Sector
Publication Date: 01 March, 2013
Report Link: http://1.usa.gov/XUj6pZ

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New FAS GAIN Report: Japan

Title: Japan Wine Report 2012
Publication Date: 21 February, 2013
Report Link: http://1.usa.gov/YcklxO

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

New WTO Notification: VNM/19/Add.1

Category: General
Notification Date: 03/01/2013
Final Comment Date: 03/01/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/17srbdl

Please be notified that the Decree of alcohol production and trading (G/TBT/N/VNM/19) has been promulgated on 12 November 2012 and will go into effect from 1st January 2013. The text of this Decree is available at: "http://www.chinhphu.vn/portal/page/portal/chinhphu/hethongvanban?class_id=1&mode=detail&document_id=164510"
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/TBT/N/ARG/278

Category: Composition
Notification Date: 01/31/2013
Final Comment Date: 01/31/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/19nXOpH

Contenido Azucarino en Vinos (Sugar content of wine).
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New EU Official Journal Entry: L055/20

Title: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 172/2013 of 26 February 2013 on the removing of certain existing wine names from the register provided for in Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007
Publication Date: 27 February, 2013
OJ Link: http://bit.ly/XCNwxK

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New EU Official Journal Entry: L047/56

Title: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 144/2013 of 19 February 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 606/2009 as regards certain oenological practices and the applicable restrictions and Regulation (EC) No 436/2009 as regards the registering of these practices in the documents accompanying consignments of wine products and the wine sector registers to be kept
Publication Date: 20 February, 2013
OJ Link: http://bit.ly/YanTT7

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Monday, February 11, 2013

New FAS GAIN Report: India

Title: Clearance Procedures for Imported Alcoholic Beverages
Publication Date: 06 February, 2013
Report Link: http://1.usa.gov/XDT9JK

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/TBT/N/COL/121/Add.6

Category: General
Notification Date: 01/22/2013
Final Comment Date: 04/22/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/11sBDgn

The Republic of Colombia hereby notifies a draft Regulation under Article 5 of Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Decree No. 1686 of 9 August 2012 "Establishing technical regulations on the sanitary requirements to be met in the production, processing, hydration, packaging, storage, distribution, transport, marketing, sale, exportation and importation of alcoholic beverages for human consumption" http://members.wto.org/crnattachments/2013/tbt/COL/13_0346_00_s.pdf
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New WTO Notification: G/TBT/N/ARG/107/Add.2

Category: Labeling
Notification Date: 01/28/2013
Final Comment Date: //a/n/a
Documents Link: G/TBT/N/ARG/107/Add.2

Please be advised that National Institute of Vitiviniculture (INV) Resolution No. C.20/2004, notified in document G/TBT/N/ARG/107/Add.1, has been amended pursuant to INV Resolution No. C.60/2013. The amendment concerns the replacement of Article 3 of Resolution No. C.20/2004 as well as of subparagraph (g) of Section II "Mandatory Information" and subparagraph (d) of Section IV "Optional Information" of the Annex thereto.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New EU Official Journal Entry: L20/44

Title: COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 52/2013 of 22 January 2013 amending Annex XIb to Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 as regards semi-sparkling wine, aerated semi-sparkling wine and rectified concentrated grape must
Publication Date: 23 January, 2013
OJ Link: http://bit.ly/11DxZgp

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/TBT/N/VNM/23

Category: General
Notification Date: 01/11/2013
Final Comment Date: 03/11/2013
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/12g2F60

Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade - Notification - Viet Nam - Alcohol, beers, juices, milk products, plant oil, powder and starch products #WTOTBT Please note we do not guarantee to find and report on all WTO notifications that may affect trade in wine. Please notify the site administrators if you find one we missed!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New EU Official Journal Publication of Interest

OJ Reference: L10/2013

INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS 2013/7/EU Council Decision of 3 December 2012 on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova on the protection of geographical indications of agricultural products and foodstuffs

http://bit.ly/1c4GhlP

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/TBT/N/RUS/2

Category: Winemaking Practices
Notification Date: 12/21/2012
Final Comment Date: n/a
Documents Link: http://bit.ly/183OiKG

Draft technical regulation of the Customs Union on alcoholic products safety (82 pages, in Russian). #WTOTBT