Wednesday, February 13, 2013

69 Georgian wine, mineral water firms apply for exports to Russia

13.02.2013 (Hvino News) According to Russian consumer safety agency Rospotrebnadzor, total of 69 Georgian wine and mineral water producers have applied to export product to Russia, Russian news agency Interfax reported.

"All of the documents received have been forwarded to Rospotrebnadzor experts for study. Priority will be given to those 31 organizations that have submitted information for the documentary check in full. The checks of the other 38 will be carried out after they submit the required documents," Rospotrebnadzor said on its website. The schedule for inspections by three teams of Rospotrebnadzor experts will be determined once the list of exporting firms is finalized.

Georgia's National Wine Agency provided Rospotrebnadzor on February 11 with a general list of Georgian alcoholic beverage and mineral water producers interested in exporting to Russia, as well as documents laying out the system for monitoring the quality and safety of products meant for human consumption.

Tbilisi has sent to Moscow “the full list of Georgian companies wishing to operate in Russia and export wine and mineral water to the country,” representatives of the Georgian National Wine Agency told journalists on Monday. According to them, the companies included in this list are “ready for inspection by Russian specialists.”

Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said earlier that Georgia will strictly monitor the quality of products to be exported to Russia. The Georgian side plans to establish strict control over its products to be imported and sold in Russia, he said. “We will check our products also in Russia to prevent supply of counterfeit Georgian wine, check our products in Russian stores, and in case counterfeits are found, we will respond to each such fact,” he stated. After Russia imposed the embargo on imports of Georgian products, Georgia improved the quality of its wine and will prevent the process from being reversed, he noted. “We will be able to exercise control over the quality of our products and do everything to prevent low-quality products from appearing in the republic, on the Russian market or any other market,” the prime minster stated.

Last week, head of the National Wine Agency Levan Davitashvili called “the most successful” the recent visit of his delegation to Moscow to negotiate the return to Russia’s market of Georgian agricultural products. He said that an agreement has been reached on a forthcoming visit to Georgia of a delegation of experts Rospotrebnadzor that will get familiarised “with the country’s existing system of ensuring safety” of products.

On the results of a meeting with the Georgian delegation, Rospotrebnadzor head Gennady Onishchenko on February 4 also called successful the first round of talks on the resumption of the supply of Georgian wines and Borjomi mineral water to Russia. Onishchenko said that “next week about three groups of Russian specialists will travel to Georgia to visit the plants that have already submitted the necessary documents.”

The import of Georgian wines by Russia is expected to begin this spring, presumably - in late April or early May.

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