Scotch H1 exports reflect ‘uncertainty of future trading conditions’

Scotch whisky exports grew 10.8% to £2.19 billion (US$2.66bn) during the first half of 2019, however a trade body warns that the growth reflects “uncertainty in future trading conditions”. According to HMRC figures released by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the volume of Scotch exports increased by 7.1% to 598 million 700ml bottles. Single malts “continue to grow in popularity”, up 18.8% to £652m (US$794m) during the period. The sub-category makes up 30% of the…

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Brexit impact for Scotch ‘not as desperate’ as some say

The outlook for Scotch post-Brexit is not as “desperate as some commentators might say”, but the industry has urged the UK government to give a “clearer direction of travel” to help businesses prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU. This was the message delivered by Lindesay Low, deputy legal director of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), who spoke at an event hosted by Lawrie IP, an independent Scottish firm of patent and trademark attorneys,…

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US-EU tariff war could cost 78,000 American jobs

Up to 78,000 jobs in the American drinks and hospitality industries could be lost if alcoholic beverages, including spirits, are included in retaliatory tariffs between the US and EU. The latest proposed retaliatory tariffs are part of an on-going quarrel between the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding civil aircraft subsidies. On 8 April, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) revealed a draft list of EU products that could be hit by retaliatory tariffs – including…

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Scotch whisky latest target of US tariffs

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has threatened to slap tariffs on Scotch and Irish whisk(e)y over the World Trade Organization’s dispute with the European Union regarding civil aircraft subsidies. The US has been locked in an ongoing disagreement with the World Trade Organization (WTO) due to civil aircraft subsidies. As a result, on 8 April the US drew up an initial list of EU products that could be hit by tariffs, worth…

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US targets EU spirits with retaliatory tariffs

Brandy and liqueurs are among the alcoholic beverages that have been targeted in the US’s proposed retaliatory tariffs in response to an ongoing dispute with the World Trade Organization (WTO). The US has been embroiled in a “long-standing” spat with the WTO over civil aircraft subsidies. On 8 April, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) revealed a draft list of EU products that could be hit by retaliatory tariffs – including alcohol. However, trade groups…

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