Dispute Between South Africa and the European Union Concerning Grappa and Ouzo

It was announced on 17 February 2000 that South Africa and the European Union have reached a compromise on the use of the terms "grappa" and "ouzo" by South African spirit producers.

The dispute has delayed implementation of the trade agreement between South Africa and the European Union since January. The basis of the dispute is the use of so-called "cultural appellations" such as "grappa" and "ouzo" by South African spirit producers. In terms of the compromise, South Africa has agreed to phase out use of the terms in question, as well as several others, over the next five years. The compromise is subject to a final decision by the World Trade Organisation, which is due to consider the question of protection for "cultural appellations" later this year.

Spoor & Fisher

Date published: 2002/02/24
Author: Spoor & Fisher

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