Trade groups urge end to ‘excessive’ tariffs

A coalition of 20 industry bodies has called for the immediate removal of tariffs on EU and US products before the “once-booming transatlantic drinks trade” suffers further damage. Trade associations including the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus), Spirits Europe and the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) have published a statement warning that further European Union (EU) tariffs of 25% on US rum, brandy, vodka and vermouth would “increase the tensions” around the ongoing trade…

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SWA updates marketing Code of Practice

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has updated its Code of Practice for the Responsible Marketing and Promotion of Scotch Whisky, which includes emphasis on ensuring any communications do not cause serious or widespread offence. This is the fourth edition of the Code, which must be adhered to globally and is a requirement of SWA membership. The Code is regularly revised to ensure the category keeps up to date with changes in marketing and society. Key…

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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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SWA urges ‘swift’ removal of tariffs during UK-US trade talks

Trade body the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is calling on the UK government to “act swiftly” to remove tariffs during the US-UK trade negotiations as Scotch exports to the States drop by 65% in May. The US imposed a 25% import tariff on a number of EU goods, including single malt Scotch whisky, on 18 October last year. The move came in relation to an ongoing spat between the EU and US regarding aircraft subsidies…

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Virginia Distillery drops ‘Highland’ after SWA lawsuit

American producer The Virginia Distillery Company will remove the word ‘Highland’ from its products after reaching an “amicable resolution” in its lawsuit with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). In June this year, the SWA took legal action against Virginia Distillery Company in the US district court in Delaware. The trade body argued that Virginia Distillery’s products are “being passed off as Scotch whisky” since the term ‘Highlands’ is “reserved exclusively for Scotch whisky under US federal regulations”.…

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