End tariffs to save jobs, trade bodies urge

A collective of 17 trade associations representing alcohol sectors in the US, the EU and the UK have joined forces to call for the urgent removal of all tariffs to save jobs. The organisations – which include Spirits Europe, the Scotch Whisky Association and the Distilled Spirits Council of the US – have submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) opposing the US government’s proposal to introduce additional tariffs on distilled spirits, wine…

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Airbus offers to remove subsidies and end US tariffs

Plane manufacturer Airbus has agreed to increase loan repayments to France and Spain in a “final step” to settle a 16-year dispute between the States and the EU over aircraft subsidies and end US tariffs. On Friday, Airbus released a statement explaining that it hoped the move to raise interest rates paid by Airbus on A350 aircraft development loans would solve the long-running dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The US has long argued…

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Discus urges US-EU tariff truce

The Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus) and Spirits United are urging consumers to take action and call for an end to all tariffs on distilled spirits between the EU and the States. The US introduced a 25% tariff on single malt Scotch, single malt Irish whiskey and liqueurs from the EU last October. The EU responded with its own 25% tariff on American whiskeys. Now, the US Trade Representative (USTR) is considering additional…

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UK should be ‘bastion of free trade’ post-Brexit

The UK should be a “bastion of free trade” and “looking to remove tariffs as far as possible”, the chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has encouraged. Single malt Scotch, single malt Irish whiskey and liqueurs made in the UK have been subject to a 25% import tariff from the US since October last year. The US introduced the tariffs on these alcoholic beverages, along with many other EU-made goods, in…

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Caribbean rum to maintain existing tariffs post-Brexit

Caribbean rum producers have welcomed the UK’s decision to maintain existing tariffs post-Brexit in order to protect brands from “unfair competition” from “cheap rum” being imported from other countries. When the UK’s Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020, Caribbean rum producers will benefit from the agreement negotiated by the trade and Caribbean governments to ensure tariffs on low-priced products continue. The UK government published its new Global Tarifff (UKGT) report in May, which…

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