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Infringement of the Champagne AOC

By Aguayo, Ecclefield & Martínez (AEM Law Firm) - 20/06/2018
Infringement of the Champagne AOC

Chilean Customs officials intercepted a truck that tried to illegally enter 300 counterfeited bottles of champagne from Argentina. The bottles, packaged in 44 boxes, hadn’t the needed import documentation, public health attestation documents nor alcoholic beverage registration before the Agricultural and Livestock Service. The bottles also infringed the Champagne protected appellation of origin.

The seizure occurred at the Los Andes Customs office, located in the Valparaíso Region, on the route between Santiago and Chile's primary border crossing with Argentina in the Andes mountain range.

Mariano Gómez, administration of the Los Andes office, explained that two crimes were committed: “smuggling for entering undeclared products and trademark infringement for illegally using the trademark Champagne on the bottles labels”. The Champagne appellation of origin (AOC) is exclusively reserved for wines harvested and produced in certain regions of France, and globally protected by the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne.

By Aguayo, Ecclefield & Martínez (AEM Law Firm) - 20/06/2018
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