Chilean officials have submitted a registration certificate to Mexican authorities covering the denomination of origin for tequila, the Mexican Industrial Property Institute, or IMPI, said.
The process to win recognition by the Chilean National Industrial Property Institute, or INAPI, began three years ago, the IMPI said.
Chile joins 43 other countries in taking measures to protect the liquor.
Chilean Ambassador to Mexico Adolfo Rufino Carafi presented the certificate to IMPI director Miguel Angel Margain on Monday.
Margain, in turn, submitted the certificate to the Tequila Regulatory Council.
Chileans consumed 744,956 liters of tequila last year, trailing only Brazil among South American countries in consumption of the liquor, the IMPI said.
Brazilians consumed 1.3 million liters of the Mexican beverage in 2012.
Costa Rica, Cuba, Nicaragua, Peru and Haiti are the other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that recognize the denomination of origin for tequila.
Mexico, which exports 21 different brands of tequila to Chile, has 14 denominations of origin for tequila, mezcal, Chiapas coffee, habanero chilis from Yucatan and coffee from Veracruz, among other products. EFE
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Original headline: Chile recognizes denomination of origin for tequila
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