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UK Alcohol Duties

5 August 2022

Over the past twelve months, members exporting to the UK will have been keeping a close eye on the UK Government’s proposals to amend alcohol duties. For those unfamiliar with the issue, we have been working with members and Australia’s High Commission in London to put forward our concerns about the practical implementation and potential

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are a major contributor to improving export market access and removing barriers to trade. These are now more important than ever with the Australian grape and wine sector’s continued prioritised efforts to grow and diversify our export markets. We take a look at the status of some key FTAs that will

Nominations for the 2022 Australian Biosecurity Awards are now open and close 5pm AEST 22 August 2022. The Awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have shown a commitment to supporting and promoting biosecurity. These awards bring to the fore the fact that everyone has a role to play in biosecurity. The eight categories for

The Labor Government has now settled into its stride. There has been a focus on resetting Australia’s image internationally, with a particular emphasis on climate change and enhancing strategic relationships with the Pacific region and more broadly. We have met with the new Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, Senator the Hon Murray Watt and he

According to Rabobank, Australia’s agricultural sector can expect to contend with elevated ocean container shipping costs and ongoing supply disruptions for at least another year before a ‘normalisation’ of the global ocean freight system, according to new research from Rabobank. In its Global Ocean Freight Outlook report, the specialist agribusiness bank says while global container

Food Standards Australia-New Zealand is working on three separate proposals that may have an impact on wine labelling requirements in the future. We’re working with FSANZ and other industry stakeholders with a view to supporting options that are evidence based, sensible and practical from a cost and regulatory compliance perspective. Such decisions also need to

As advised in our May 2021 member news, on 25 February 2021 the Australia and New Zealand Food Standard Code (FSC) was amended to introduce new requirements for the labelling of allergens in food. These amendments include impactions for wine under (S9-3) Mandatory Declarations of the FSC. Key changes include mandatory requirements for allergen labelling

On 30 June 2022, New Zealand (NZ) and the European Union (EU) announced they had concluded negotiations of their Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The Australian Trade Minister, Senator the Hon Don Farrell, has also publicly stated the Australian Government’s intentions to finalise Australia’s FTA with the EU by the end of the year. The NZ-EU

Prosecco Singapore

15 July 2022

As noted in previous updates there is an appeal to our favourable Singapore High Court decision with the Appellate Division of the Singapore High Court. As part of this process, both parties have agreed to consider options for a mediated outcome through the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Centre (“WIPO Centre”). This mediation

The European Commission is running a consultation (TRIS) process for comment on the original Irish Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2018. The consultation document can be found at TRIS consultation on a draft regulation for the Irish “Public Health (Alcohol) (Labelling) 2022 and is yet to be notified to the World Trade Organization. The prescribed form of

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