UK Government bids to unlock new markets for Scotch whisky
Scottish Secretary David Mundell met with representatives of the Scotch Whisky Association and Diageo at the iconic Caol Ila distillery on Islay, to discuss how the UK Government is laying the groundwork to reduce export tariffs on Scottish produce.
Whisky is worth around £5 billion to the UK economy, and accounts for three quarters of Scotland’s total food and drink exports.
The UK Government is ensuring that, as we leave the EU, the industry is able to tackle tariffs and boost overseas sales.
The Department for International Trade has already established 11 working groups to strengthen trade and commercial ties with key trading partners around the world, including the United States, Australia, China, India, Mexico, South Korea and the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Ministerial trade dialogues have also been established with Taiwan, Vietnam, India, Kazakhstan and Brazil. ■