TTB Signs MOU with Moldova
|Theresa McCarthy, TTB Assistant Administrator for Headquarters Operations, and Moldova Minister of Agriculture, Vasile Bumacov, sign an MOU between TTB and Moldova's Office of Vine and Wine July 29, 2014.|
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau hosted a delegation of winemakers and wine regulators from Moldova July 29, 2014. Four officials from Moldova's Ministry of Agriculture, including the Minister of Agriculture, Vasile Bumacov, and ten winemakers met with officials from TTB's Headquarters Operations and the Office of Chief Counsel to participate in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between TTB and Moldova's Office of Vine and Wine.
The Moldovan delegation was in the United States as part of a program hosted by the Department of Commerce's Special American Business Internship Training Program and was joined at the TTB meeting by representatives from the Office of International Trade of the Department of Treasury, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Department of State.
The MOU covers many topics including exchanges of information concerning labeling and related regulations, bilateral trainings, seminars for technical and scientific staff, and developing laboratory-testing methods.
It also provides a formal method for how issues concerning import and export that lie within the agencies' authorities may be resolved through information exchange and cooperative consultation.
TTB officials also shared information about our approach to regulating wine, including wine production regulations, wine labeling regulations, federal excise tax rates on wine, and TTB's requirements for natural wine certificates. The delegation was very interested in learning about how to comply with TTB's requirements.
This type of information sharing between the United States and our foreign counterparts and industry members allows TTB to foster voluntary compliance and supports Treasury's goal to enhance U.S. competitiveness and promote international financial stability and balanced global growth.