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International Law News

Publication Date

Spring 2007


The United States Concluded Two Treaties related to trade in wine in 2006: one bilateral, one multilateral. These agreements constitute all the wine trade agreements to which the United States is a party.

EC-US Bilateral Wine Trade Agreement

The agreement between the European Community (EC) and the United States on Trade in Wine entered into force on March 10, 2006.This agreement provides for mutual acceptance of existing wine practices and also addresses certain labeling issues. Since 1983, the European Union had been granting and renewing short-term derogations from U.S. wine made with practices they do not recognize. Different regulatory requirements for wine labeling constitute some of the greatest barriers to as well as the highest costs in the inter-national trade of wine.