Switchboards at the major wine marketing boards are jamming across the country such is the demand for information from exporters on how to register with Chinese authorities and thereby avoid immediate tax hikes. According to local press reports, between 4,000 and 5,000 wine growers in the Gironde region of South-West France will have to register their wines for export to China. Consequently, the Bordeaux wine marketing board (CIVB) is overrun with calls and e-mails from worried exporters and five full-time staff have been requisitioned to answer queries. The registration forms, which had to be translated from Chinese into French by the national wine and spirit exporters’ federation, have to be completed not only be industry members who export directly to China but also by growers who sell their wines to negociants for export to China. According to the CIVB, although the forms are not difficult to fill in, the major stumbling block is the time frame: the documents arrived at the beginning of the week and have to be returned to the board by today so that they can be forwarded to legal experts in Brussels to ensure compliance, translated back into Chinese and then sent off to Chinese authorities so that they receive them before the July 20th deadline. In addition to the fact that French exporters are extremely disgruntled over the whole issue of retaliatory measures against wine in a feud over solar panels, they are also sceptical over the way in which the Chinese authorities will actually use company details such as turnover and profit.