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13 January 2020 — Economy and Law

Brazil: the implementation of analytical rules for wine imports

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In November 2018, Brazil started a process of revision of the procedures and prescriptions governing the certification for exportation and importation of beverages, products obtained by acetic fermentation, wines, and wine- and grape-derived products.

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The main objectives of this revision – as stated by Brazil – were to prevent deceptive practices and protect consumers, to protect people’s health, and to define requirements regarding the quality and safety of food products.

After its notification to the WTO, this revision of the export regulations raised serious concerns among professionals in the sector. There was still, indeed, uncertainty about whether analytical values for each parameter had to be provided on the exporter’s certificate of analysis for every product being brought onto the Brazilian market.

Operators in the sector were worried about the considerable increase in costs of the analyses required as of 15 December 2019 to export wines to Brazil. A number of countries did not have the capacity to carry out some of these analyses.

Any ambiguity has now been lifted following the publication in the Brazilian Official Journal of Normative Instruction No. 75 of 31 December 2019, which specifies the control procedures and also indicates the official document upon which the implementation of the new measure is to be based (Norma Operacional 01 de 24 de janeiro de 2019). The annex to this standard provides a summary table for each product type with the analytical parameters, their maximum and minimum permitted limits, and the measurement requirements at different control stages.

The OIV Secretariat has drafted a summary note on the cycle of revision of the export regulations for wines and vine-derived products in Brazil [here].