All products are required to have labeling and relevant information in the Georgian language. Georgian law requires that the following information be placed on the label of all alcoholic beverages:
- Product name;
- Product class/type;
- Product volume;
- Product alcohol content;
- Manufacturer’s Name;
- Lot Number.
In order for the product to be released from Customs, importers must provide copies of the following, in Georgian:
- Transport document (i.e. bill of lading);
- Power of attorney;
- Commercial invoice;
- Customs declaration.
The Georgian Government licenses importers, based on the Georgian Law on License and Permits.
The Georgian importer typically handles import procedures, including document preparation, clearance and technical control, port and terminal handling, and inland transportation and handling. Payment of excise taxes, VAT, and customs processing fees are due prior to customs clearance.
Georgia provides for a voluntary standards and certification system. The importer chooses to conform products to either Georgian standards or those of an EU or OECD country (such as the United States). The relevant conforming standard must be registered with the Georgian National Agency for Standardization, Technical Regulation, and Metrology.
Beer: 0.40 GEL/liter
Whisky/Rum/Gin: 5 GEL/liter
Vodka: 3 GEL/liter
Liqueurs/Cordials/Brandy: 4.6 GEL/liter
VAT Rate: 18%, based on customs value + import duties + excise duties
Please note: Georgian law requires that tax excise stamps be placed on all alcoholic drinks in the Georgian market.
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