US Winemakers Lukewarm On Trans-Pacific FTA

Law360, New York (March 22, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT) -- Wine industry groups have voiced tepid support for a proposed eight-nation, trans-Pacific free trade agreement, warning that any pact should provide "commercially significant" new market access for wine and grape juice concentrate exports, favorable tariffs for U.S. wine, continuation of existing trade agreements, and intellectual property safeguards.

In a letter sent to the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday, the wine industry groups indicated that they supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement negotiations only if three conditions were met.

First, wine and grape protections in...
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