ROLE & MISSION

CONSENSUS

To achieve professional consensus
regarding the exportation priorities
of the industry's businesses

The industry's businesses are competitors in their respective markets. However, they all face the same difficulties when a market is closed by high tariffs or when discriminatory measures which impede local access to their products are put into place.

At FEVS, there is a collective workspace for companies to establish common positions - a professional consensus - that form the foundation from which the FEVS can take appropriate actions together with public authorities.

The ad hoc work groups and the Board of Directors are unique environments where professional consensus can be built and initiatives developed.

This consensus can be formalised through documents which establish a member-wide position regarding particular issues such as ad valorem taxes or specific countries. To learn more, go to the News section - click here.

INTERVENTION

To ensure national, European and multilateral authorities take our interests into consideration.

Based on the consensus set by its Board of Directors, the FEVS ensures that its priorities are taken into consideration by the appropriate authorities. This activity is mainly centred on two strategies:

  • AN OFFENSIVE STRATEGY


  • The French wine and spirits sector is extremely export-focused. Its most logical market - Europe - is especially open since border protections have been almost entirely lifted. Ensuring the greatest possible access to export markets is a strategic element for growth in the industry, and for product and employment growth as well.

    The FEVS is particularly active in all trade negotiations, whether bilateral or multilateral, to ensure that negotiated agreements allow for significant improvement in the access of French wines and spirits to foreign markets, be it tariff improvements (notably border tariffs) or technical issues such as labelling or product definition.

    To offer a few examples:

  • The conclusion of bilateral trade agreements with Chile or the more recent agreement with South Korea, which is currently in the process of ratification.


  • On a multilateral level, the negotiation for China's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001, the preparation for the Russian Federation's accession, and the Doha Round of Development Agenda negotiations.


  • A DEFENSIVE STRATEGY


  • Countries frequently adopt rules that have a strongly punitive result on accessing imported products. These trade barriers most often take the form of tariffs or specific rules.

    To be legitimate, these regulations must respect the principles established by the WTO agreement (more specifically, the National Treatment principle) and, if any exist, bilateral agreements that a country or group of countries may have signed with the European Union.

    The FEVS often intervenes in such issues by:

  • Providing a legal analysis of the situation in order to bring to light any infringement on bilateral or multilateral commitments;


  • Outlining consequences of trade barriers, which often lead to market share reductions or losses for member company activity; and


  • Directly lobbying of appropriate authorities so that the interests, both economic and otherwise, of member companies are taken into account.


  • The FEVS intervenes on a European level as well, through European organisations where the FEVS is particularly involved and active: The Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV) and the European Confederation of Spirits Producers (CEPS).

    Finally, products can also be "taken hostage" in cases of trade disagreements or more broad-based boycott measures. The FEVS acts to ensure the wine and spirits industry does not get caught up in such problems and which could impede strategic trade negotiation activities.


    INFORMATION

    To monitor the industry and make information available to all its members.

    The regulatory environment of export companies fluctuates considerably. Legislation in the different destination countries changes frequently and covers an extreme diversity of domains.

    It is of the utmost importance that FEVS member companies have an effective monitoring tool at their disposal in order to adapt to these changes and avoid trade disruptions.

    This is why the FEVS has developed an ensemble of information services for its members:

    1. The extranet website www.netvs.org offers fact sheets by country that describe all of the regulations applicable to wines and spirits, organised in a standardised framework which allows users to easily find the information they need (to find out more, see the tutorial).

    Today, some 200 countries are listed in the database, which is updated as soon as we receive new, verified information.

    These fact sheets are also full of market-specific information such as statistics and reports which allow users to have the most exhaustive view possible of a given market.

    2. This online information is supplemented by a telephone hotline service through which member companies can ask for clarification and obtain additional information.

    3. The extranet website www.netvs.org also provides companies with an online statistical information tool on French wine and spirit exports. This tool allows them to extract statistical information on specific products and particular markets of interest in a format to be used according to their needs, notably for benchmarking.

    4. The FEVS periodically publishes a digital newsletter, "L'Echo Export," which provides economic news from the industry and a compilation of regulatory information that reflects major updates to the regulatory database.

    5. Finally, on our website, member companies can find all of the positions adopted by the FEVS regarding foreign trade issues where intervenes on behalf of its members.


















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