Otar Danelia: “China has made a serious progress in terms of importing Georgian wine. It now ranks second among the partner countries.”

Otar Danelia: “China has made a serious progress in terms of importing Georgian wine. It now ranks second among the partner countries.”

Otar Danelia: “China has made a serious progress in terms of importing Georgian wine. It now ranks second among the partner countries.”

The FINANCIAL -- On 19 April 2017, at the plenary session of the Parliament of Georgia, the member of the Parliamentary Majority, Otar Danelia stated in his speech: “China has made a significant progress and at the present moment it is ranked second in terms of volume of imports of the Georgian wine. The export of the Georgian wine to China has increased fourfold. As of today, 15 million bottles of wine have already been exported and of that amount 2 million bottles were exported to China.”

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According to the information of the National Wine Agency of Georgia, 14 million bottles of wine were exported in January-March 2017, which is 85% more as compared to the same period of the previous year. Total cost of the exported wine constitutes USD 32.2 million, which is 77% more as compared to the same period of 2016.

As illustrated by the Table 1, according to the information of the National Statistics Office of Georgia, wine export figures have been growing annually in 2011-2015. In 2015, wine export dropped by 46%. From 2016 onward, trend of growth has been kept in place.

Of note is that among Georgia’s export partner countries, China occupies the second position, with 13% share (1,794,000 bottles) of total wine exports in January-March of 2017, which is 383% more as compared to the figure registered in the same period of the previous year.

In regard to volume of the Georgian wine exported to Chinese market in 2016, 5,299,149 bottles of wine were exported to China in 2016, which is 98% more as compared to the figure of 2015. In 2016, China’s share of total Georgian wine exports was 11%.

As illustrated by the Table, top five largest export markets for Georgian wine are Russia, China, Ukraine, Poland and Kazakhstan.

Conclusion

In January-March 2017, in total 14,199,018 bottles of wine were put on export. Among the export partner countries, China is ranked second. In the first quarter of this year, 1,794,000 bottles of wine were exported to China, which is 13% of total wine exports and 383% higher as compared to the figure registered in the same period of the previous year. Of note is that Georgian wine export bound for the Chinese market has been growing annually. 

FactCheck concludes that Otar Danelia’s statement is TRUE.