Tuesday, May 25, 2010

China opens its doors to Oregon wine

The Portland Business Journal reports that Oregon and Washington have simultaneously signed an agreement that helps promote wine sales in China. The agreement with the Hong Kong Commerce and Economic Development Bureau is the first of its kind. Hong Kong also reached an agreement with mainland China, making it easier to import Oregon wine there as well.

A news release from Governor Ted Kulongoski states, "With this agreement, we now have a concerted effort to tap into the purchasing power of Hong Kong and all of China, which will create more business opportunities for Oregon's wine industry."

Hong Kong abolished import taxes on wine in 2008. Since that time, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has been working to increase wine sales there.

Governor Kulongoski's full press release provides additional details on the agreement.

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