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Australia to chair the World Wine Trade Group

Australia is now the Chair of the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG), a group that brings together government and industry representatives to simplify international wine trade.

The WWTG supports trade in wine through information sharing, discussion and coordination on regulatory issues in wine markets, and joint actions for the removal of trade barriers.

Deputy Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Policy, Matt Lowe, announced that Australia’s term as Chair of the WWTG began on 1 June 2024.

“Our time as Chair of the WWTG will give us the stage to advance the group’s trade priorities, strengthen collaboration with other members, and highlight the people, places and stories that make Australian wine unique,” said Lowe.

“The WWTG has made significant achievements that smooth international trade for Australian wine. It provides Australian exporters with better access to other WWTG markets without some of the costs and frustrations of trade barriers based on differences in regulation.”

As a partnership between government and industry, chairing responsibilities will be shared between the department and the industry body representative for the wine sector, Australian Grape & Wine.

The Australian delegation also includes representatives from Wine Australia and the Australian Wine Research Institute.

“This partnership between government and industry enhances our engagement and contributes to achieving better outcomes for the sector,” said Lowe.

“Opening up more trade opportunities for our wine producers will contribute to overcoming the current oversupply of wine in Australia and support the industry to…”

Australia will welcome international delegations to Adelaide for the WWTG Annual Meeting in October. WWTG members include Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Georgia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States of America, and Uruguay.

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