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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Scotch whisky gains extra protection in Spain

Trade body the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has signed an agreement with the Spanish Civil Guard to further protect the category from illegal marketing and sales in Spain. SWA chief executive Karen Betts and general director of the Civil Guard María Gámez Gámez have signed the General Protocol for Action. The Spanish Civil Guard is a law enforcement body that covers custom duties and tax matters in Spain. This is the first arrangement of its…

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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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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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Scotland sets date to reopen hospitality sector

The Scottish government has confirmed bars in Scotland will be allowed to open along with other hospitality venues and tourism businesses from 15 July. Hospitality venues in the UK were ordered to close on 20 March in order to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Fergus Ewing, tourism secretary for Scotland, said yesterday (10 June): “I have been engaging with businesses since the beginning of the outbreak and I have heard their calls for…

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