TTB Signs MOU with Italian Guardia di Finanza
On April 15, 2010, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Administrator, John J. Manfreda and the Commanding General of the Guardia di Finanza (GdF), Gen. C.A. Cosimo D’Arrigo, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to protect the public and to establish a consistent channel for information exchange for the purpose of combating the smuggling of alcohol and tobacco products.
The MOU 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 Italy, key points of the MOU include:
- Establishing a consultative process to strengthen cooperation in the administration of import and export alcohol regulations and combat the smuggling of alcohol and tobacco products,
- Complying with the relevant laws and regulations of Italy and the United States of America, respectively, and
- Undertaking cooperative activities under the MOU based on available resources.