TTB Signs MOU with Republic of Georgia's SAMTREST
On June 4, 2009, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Assistant Administrator, William Foster and the Chairman, Vasil Managadze, of the Republic of Georgia’s Department of Vine and Wine, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to protect the public and to establish a consistent channel for information exchange on imported and exported alcohol products.
The MOU, signed in Tbilisi, Georgia, will have long-standing positive effects on mutual understanding and interests in the areas of facilitating the compliant importation and exportation trade in alcohol products. In forging paths to ensure a long-term economic partnership with the Republic of Georgia, key points of the MOU include:
- Establishing a consultative process to strengthen cooperation in the administration of import and export alcohol regulations and compliance determinations,
- Establishing consultative and collaborative processes to provide exchanges of information with regard to the identity and quality of imported and exported alcohol products,
- Complying with the relevant laws and regulations of the Republic of Georgia and the United States of America, respectively, and
- Undertaking cooperative activities under the MOU based on available resources.
Note: This document was updated on November 8, 2013 to reflect that Georgia's wine agency is now called the National Wine Agency.