Scotch whisky industry reacts angrily to incoming US tariffs

Imports and Exports | 8 October 2019

Scotch whisky will suddenly become more expensive to send to the US.


The Scotch whisky industry has reacted with anger to a decision made by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that will allow US president Donald Trump to impose tariffs on its products starting next week.

As of October 18th 2019, the single malt beverage will be among the goods subject to a 25 per cent import duty when exported to the US.

It is part of a raft of retaliatory measures being imposed by the US based on an argument surrounding EU subsidies being given to aircraft maker Airbus.

A ruling from the WTO last week meant Mr Trump was given the go-ahead to apply levies to more than a dozen British products, including whisky, coats and pyjamas. Across Europe, goods such as cheese and wine will also face hikes in import duties.

Chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association Karen Betts has said the decision is a blow to the entire whisky industry, with other stakeholders calling on British prime minister Boris Johnson to intervene and prevent the punitive tariffs coming into effect.