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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Export of Georgian wine to Russia discussed with wine producers

21.02.2013 (Hvino News) Georgia's agriculture minister David Kirvalidze and chairman of National Wine Agency Levan Davitashvili met yesterday with wine and spirits producers.

The meeting was attended by Zurab Abashidze, Special Representative of Prime Minister for Relations with Russia,  Tina Kezeli, head of Georgian Wine Association. Export of Georgian products to Russia was the main topic of discussion.

"The visit of the Georgian delegation was effective, and soon we will witness positive progress in this direction. The meeting with manufacturers was held today to decide how to continue the work in this direction. I am confident that Georgian wine, which goes to the EU and the U.S. markets, meets their standards, and it will be easy to find a place for it on the Russian market. Naturally, this will not happen immediately, but I am sure that in each subsequent year volumes of Georgian products on the Russian market will increase. And most importantly, no company is going to give up its acquired positions on the Russian market upon getting an access to it," David Kirvalidze said. Levan Davitashvili informed business representatives on results of visit of Georgian delegation to Moscow.

"This meeting was very productive. Business groups welcomed the results. Wine companies became acquainted with details and following steps within the procedure. It is important that Georgian products enter the Russian market in a coordinated way. For this, companies, willing to export their products, need to apply to the National Wine Agency. This will be followed by directing these lists to the Russian side for registration. After that Russian specialists will arrive in Georgia to conduct on-site inspections of businesses. The Russian side agreed to provide three groups for the inspection, what will allow for inspection of a maximum number of companies in a short period of time and the return of Georgian wine to the Russian market," Davitashvili said.

The meeting also discussed action plan for return of Georgian wines and spirits to Russian market.

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