The U.S. and Bolivian governments are reinvigorating their desire for enhanced bilateral trade ties by mutually recognizing each other’s national alcoholic beverages.
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney and Karen Longaric, Bolivia’s foreign minister, exchanged letters in Washington on Friday to start the process by the U.S. to designate singani as a distinctive product of Bolivia and the South American country to designate bourbon whiskey and Tennessee whiskey as distinctive U.S. products.
Singani is a distilled spirit made from white Muscat grapes and has been called the “national drink” of Bolivia. It is produced in the Bolivian Andes at elevations between 5,250 and 9,200 feet.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is expected to soon publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register that will request public comments regarding the designation of Singani as a Bolivian product.
“If TTB promulgates a final regulation designating singani as a distinctive product of Bolivia, Bolivia will recognize bourbon whiskey and Tennessee whiskey as distinctive products of the United States,” the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) said in a statement. “This would be a favorable outcome for both U.S. and Bolivian industries and will create increased opportunities for exports of these spirits as previous designations have prompted.”
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