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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Trade bodies issue urgent call for tariff-free trade

Industry groups Spirits Europe and the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus) have joined forces in calling for an “urgent return” to tariff-free transatlantic trade. Today (27 January), the two trade associations will meet with European Union (EU) and US officials in Brussels to discuss how to “end growing risks and avoidable economic damage to consumers and distillers on both sides of the Atlantic as a result of EU and US tariffs on certain…

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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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