WWTG also provides an invaluable platform for information exchange and coordination of positions on trade barriers. The usual themes are: trends in wine production, consumption and trade; developments in wine regulation and labelling, intellectual property and sustainability; Changing winemaking practices bilateral and regional trade negotiations; and wine issues in multilateral for a such as Codex Alimentarius, OIV and the WTO. WWTG expressed concern about the new EU regulation on wine labelling, which could have a negative impact on wine exports to the EU. WWTG members expressed concern about the consistency of the new regulation with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. These regulations do not apply to the position on the measurement of standard-sized wine containers, as mentioned in the World Wine Trade Group convention on wine labelling requirements, signed on January 23, 2007 by the Commonwealth Minister of Commerce. The MAA benefits winemakers, exporters and importers by granting them access to markets without the costs and frustrations of trade barriers based on differences in winemaking practices. WWTG continues to contact other wine-producing countries to facilitate wine import and export markets. It was decided to rename the name of the world Wine Trade Group to reflect the group`s focus on facilitating the wine trade. As part of the MAA, the group has already agreed to mutually accept the wine practices of the other contracting parties. Countries that support about 80 per cent of Australia`s wine exports already accept this particular exception for wine. These include the EU as a whole and members of the World Trade Group. The other countries that have signed this specific wine labelling agreement are all heading in this direction. Some of them have already ratified it.
An international consensus, if you prefer, is already progressing and we would simply participate, for the most part, in this international consensus.  Since its inception in 1998, the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) has become a world leader in the wine trade. During this two-decade period, WWTG is committed to facilitating the international wine trade, while ensuring that regulators can adequately protect consumers by exchanging information, discussing regulatory issues in wine markets and taking common steps to remove barriers to trade. Its nine members (Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Georgia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States and Uruguay) account for about 30% of world wine exports, 31% of world wine production and 27% of world wine consumption. Wine exports from WWTG countries were $8.4 billion in 2017. For more information about the group, see: www.trade.gov/td/ocg/wwtg.htm WWTG is working for a thriving, competitive and growing global wine industry that operates in international markets; to eliminate trade distortions and remove unwarranted or unnecessary barriers to trade. To this end, WWTG recognizes the unique characteristics of each country`s regulatory system and promotes mutual acceptance of wine practices and harmonization of labelling rules rather than the introduction of binding regulatory approaches. The United States participates in the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG), a group of government and industry representatives from wine-producing countries Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Georgia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States and Uruguay. WWTG, founded in 1998, aims to exchange information and cooperate on a wide range of international issues and seek new opportunities for the wine trade. Participants shared responsibility for the WWTG presidency, the rotating position each year.