The 2015 Technical Meeting was held on 11-13 November 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.
Pacific Rim government officials met to streamline import-export requirements and save grape growers and winemakers millions of dollars. More than 80 wine regulators and wine industry representatives from 17 Pacific Rim economies convened at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum's (WRF) Technical Meeting to share good regulatory practices on wine certification, analysis and winemaking practices in the growing trade region.
The two-day international conference, hosted by the Winemakers' Federation of Australia and the Australian government, focused on eliminating burdensome and duplicative regulations to reduce the costs of cross-border wine trade, stimulate demand and increase wine exports to the growing Asia Pacific region.
WRF Working Groups made significant progress in Adelaide including:
Harmonising maximum residue limits (MRLs) set for pesticides used on wine grapes;
Increasing the efficiency of laboratory analytical testing;
Advancing international principles for nations to use when establishing wine regulations; and
Developing a model wine export certificat that can be used in any APEC economy requiring certification.
In addition, a new WRF Working Group was establised in Adelaide to address the need for Good Regulatory Principles in international trade.