The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the Government of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) grants the recognition through the efforts of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) and the Secretary of Economy.
This recognition will protect the Tequila and strengthen the institutional framework under which Tequila exports to the Chinese market are already held.
The recognition adds itself to the "Circular on Import of Tequila in accordance with the Food Administration not included in the National Standards (No. 10 of 2013)", which recognized the highest level of methanol of Tequila and so allowed the export of 100% agave Tequila to the Chinese market.
After they have completed the activities in order to meet the requirements of the national legislation of the People's Republic of China, the Government of this nation, through the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, granted the recognition and protection of the Designation of Origin Tequila there.
The negotiations began on May 16, 2013, when by instruction of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), the representatives of the Tequila Regulatory Council for Asia-Pacific promoted the protection of this drink to the AQSIQ. Later, in June of this year, a working tour of the eastern country took place, with the participation of officials from the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), the Representative Office of the Secretariat of Economy in Beijing and tequila entrepreneurs grouped at the National Chamber of the Tequila Industry, in order to sensitize Chinese authorities about the importance of recognizing and protecting this Designation of Origin.
Thus, it was recently published in the website of the AQSIQ (http://kjs.aqsiq.gov.cn/dlbzcpbhwz/ggcx/201411/t20141105_426618.htm) the recognition requested, which was obtained in time greatly reduced, compared with awards made to other countries. This occurs largely thanks to the good times that our bilateral relationship with China is passing and to the good management in order to ensure the protection by the IMPI, the Secretariat of Economy and the Tequila Regulatory Council.With this recognition, there are now 47 countries in which Tequila is officially recognized as a designation of origin.