Whisky: USA

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 3rd September 2020.

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Photo of Philippa Whitford Philippa Whitford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health and Social Care), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if her Department will work with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network to ensure that the 25 per cent tariff imposed by the US on exports of Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Whisky liqueurs is removed.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The Government takes the negative impact of US tariffs on Scotch Whisky very seriously. These tariffs are unnecessary, unhelpful and harm industry and consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Department for International Trade engages regularly with Scottish industries which are unfairly impacted by the tariffs. On 13 August I held calls with the Scotch Whisky Association, Walkers Shortbread, Diageo and others, to update them on the outcome of the US August tariff review and to better understand their concerns.

The UK continues to lobby the US for the settlement of the Airbus/Boeing disputes and the removal of tariffs.

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