International Affairs Division (IAD)

TTB Signs MOU with China’s AQSIQ

Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, Jr., Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Assistant Administrator, William H. Foster signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) Vice Minister, Wei Chuanzhong to protect the public and to establish a consistent channel for information exchange on imported and exported alcohol and tobacco products.

The MOU will have long-standing positive effects on mutual understanding and interests in the areas of facilitating the compliant importation and exportation trade in alcohol and tobacco products.  In forging paths to ensure a long-term economic partnership with China, key points of the MOU include:

  • Establishing a consultative process to strengthen cooperation in the administration of import and export alcohol and tobacco regulations and compliance determinations,
  • Establishing consultative and collaborative processes to provide exchanges of information with regard to the identity and quality of imported and exported alcohol and tobacco products,
  • Complying with the relevant laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America, respectively; and
  • Undertaking cooperative activities under the MOU based on available resources.

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