Wednesday, March 27, 2013

National Wine Agency's head: return to Russian market does not mean giving up other markets

27.03.2013 (Hvino News). Chairman of National Wine Agency Levan Davitashvili said at yesterday's briefing that the Agency will host the second delegation of Russian Rospotrebnadzor's officials on April 1.

A 6-member delegation would arrive in Tbilisi to inspect 40 companies. According to Mr. Davitashvili, the delegation will be divided into three groups, as enterprises located in three west Georgian regions of Racha, Adjara and Samegrelo will be visited.

According to Davitashvili, companies which have been approved are now registering for export and the majority of them are finished submitting the necessary documents.

"As far as we know, there is great interest and demand in the Russian market and in some cases the supply prevails. In this case, we will not care only about volumes because the quality should be maintained. The role of the government will be finished after companies’ registration is completed. Later we will help companies only in communication," - Levan Davitashvili notes.

He added that returning to the Russian market does not mean giving up other markets. Davitashvili said that the wine industry will continue its focus on European countries. Georgia currently exports wine to about 50 other countries around the world.

Before the 2006 embargo came into force, about 75 percent of Georgia’s wine export went to Russia. According to official statistics, Georgia exported wine in the amount of USD 80 million in 2005, while in 2007 it fell to USD 29 million (2.4 percent of all the export).

The wine export has increased significantly over the years, and in 2010 amounted to USD 54 million (2.5 percent of all export), according to the Georgian Statistics Department. The top importer country of Georgian wine is Ukraine, which imports wine worth USD 22.5 million per year.

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