EU approves free trade deal with Vietnam

The European Union has ratified its free trade agreement with Vietnam, which will gradually scrap the country’s 45% import tariff for spirits and protect categories such as Scotch whisky and Cognac. Negotiations for the agreement concluded more than three years ago, but progress towards ratification has been slow. The European Union’s (EU) Committee on International Trade backed the free trade and investment protection agreements between the EU and Vietnam on Tuesday (18 February). The deal will remove…

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Top five bars in… Hanoi, Vietnam

While Hanoi’s bar scene was rudimentary in the past, the Vietnamese capital is coming on in leaps and bounds, and offers an exciting array of cocktail bars to attract discerning drinkers. By James Lawrence. *This feature was originally published in the May 2019 issue of The Spirits Business The remnants of Hanoi’s glorious past can be seen today at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, which was made a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2010.…

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