Spirits Europe calls for re-establishment of Parliamentary Intergroup

Trade organisation Spirits Europe has called for the re-establishment of the Parliamentary Intergroup on Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs in order to encourage “effective communication” with policy makers in the European Parliament. The trade body argued that the intergroup allowed for an “enhanced understanding” of the cultural, traditional and economic importance of spirits among key decision-makers in the European Parliament. Spirits Europe noted that there are 238 spirits registered as geographical indications (GIs) in the…

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Irish whiskey to benefit from EU-China trade deal

Irish whiskey has been granted protection as a geographical indication (GI) in China for the first time after the signing of a new EU-China trade agreement. The agreement, which will also see Irish cream liqueurs protected, was finalised in Beijing yesterday (5 November) and has been signed today by EU commissioner Phil Hogan. Whiskey distilled and matured in Ireland can now be labelled and sold in China as Irish whiskey. Trade group the Irish Whiskey…

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Drinks groups unite to call for urgent end to US tariffs

Fifteen alcohol trade groups have sent a letter to the US administration and EU Commission calling for an urgent end to 25% tariffs on EU goods, including single malt Scotch, which could result in the loss of 8,000 jobs. On 2 October, the US government revealed its intentions to impose a 25% import tariff on EU goods, including single malt Scotch whisky, single malt whiskey from Northern Ireland, liqueurs and cordials from Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland…

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WTO formally backs US tariff on single malt Scotch

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has formally given the US the go ahead to impose US$7.5 billion worth of tariffs on exports from the EU, including single malt Scotch whisky. On 2 October, the US government revealed its intentions to impose a 25% import tariff on EU goods, including single malt Scotch whisky, single malt whiskey from Northern Ireland, liqueurs, cordials and wine on 18 October 2019. Yesterday (14 October), WTO members authorised the measure…

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US slaps 25% tariff on Scotch whisky

The US is set to enforce US$7.5 billion of tariffs on exports from the EU, including Scotch whisky and liqueurs, over an ongoing dispute with the World Trade Organization (WTO). Yesterday (2 October), the US government announced it would impose a 25% import tariff on EU goods, including Scotch whisky, liqueurs, cordials and wine. The US has also imposed a 10% tariff on aircrafts. The US said it had the authority to increase the tariffs,…

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