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Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement

Australia-India ECTA Side Letters - Whisky and Other Alcoholic Beverages - India to Australia

H.E. Dan Tehan
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment of Australia
Government of Australia

Excellency,

In connection with the signing of the India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (“the Agreement”), I have the honour to confirm the following understandings shared by the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of India (“the Parties”):

1. The Parties shall consider issues relating to market access, including maturation rules for whisky and other alcoholic beverages.

2. For this purpose, the Parties shall establish a Working Group which will examine these issues. The Working Group shall meet within 6 months of the date of entry into force of the Agreement. Both Parties shall regularly review the progress of the Working Group through the Subcommittee on Trade in Goods.

I have the honour to propose that this letter and your letter in reply confirming that your Government shares these understandings, which will come into effect on the date on which the Agreement enters into force, shall constitute an integral part of the Agreement.

Sincerely yours,

Piyush Goyal
Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Textiles
Government of India

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