Wine in 2 to 10 litre containers no longer considered bulk

The World Customs Organization (WCO) has approved the proposal of the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine) that wines packaged in containers from 2 to 10 litres will no longer be classified as bulk wine.
This recognition took place at the 46th Harmonized System (HS) Review Sub-Committee meeting of the World Customs Organization which took place in Brussels: the amendment concerning the definition of bulk wine within the Harmonized System has been approved and will be submitted for final approval by the Council of the WCO.
A new Subheading 2204.22: “In containers holding more than 2 l but not more than 10 l” will be included in the sixth edition of the Harmonized commodity description and coding system foreseen in 2017. Nowadays the heading 2204.2 includes two subheadings: the 2204.21 that identifies the commodity wine in containers holding 2 litres or less, and the subheading 2204.29 that identifies wine in containers of a capacity over 2 litters, what is generally defined as bulk wine. With the new subheading 2204.22 the products in containers up to 10 litters will be considered a conditioned product, and not bulk wine.
Exports of bulk wine have displayed considerable growth and in 2012 reached a level of 37 million hectolitres, equivalent to 39% of the total trade. (Source: OIV)

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