Scotch needs ‘protection’ from cheap US whiskey imports

31st July, 2017 by Arabella Mileham

The Scottish government is calling for greater protection of Scotch amid fears that a trade deal with the US could flood the market with cheaper whiskey imports.

The Scottish economy secretary Keith Brown has written to the UK government asking for greater protection for Scotch, pointing out that the US has previously supported the relaxation of definitions for whiskey in the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a move that would undercut the position of Scotch.

“The US made clear in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership discussions that they would support a relaxation of the definition of whisky, which would open the market up to a number of products which do not currently meet that standard,” he said.

“It is vital that we continue to….

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