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Further details of the free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada have been revealed.

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Last month, the two sides secured a deal that will see the elimination of all import tariffs on European wines and spirits arriving in the North American country. The deal will also prompt the abolition of the requirement to blend bulk spirits imports with Canadian product from the same category.

Last week, Canadian authorities said that they would not protect the Budejovicky geographical indication, “which prevents any potential [trademark] conflict” with Anheuser-Busch InBev over its Budweiser beer brand. Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar and A-B InBev have been in a legal row over the term Budweiser for over 100 years.

Ottawa negotiators have also secured the right for Canadian brewers to use the terms ‘Bavarian beer’ and ‘Munich beer’ in their domestic market, even though such products have no connection with Germany.

On the wine front, existing local bottling requirements for selling cheap wines in Québec will remain, as will cost-based pricing rules for wines and spirits sold by provincial government-owned retailers who still dominate Canadian wine and spirits off-sales.

The deal may not come into effect for another year as it still needs to be ratified by the Canadian and EU parliaments.


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