UK PM Boris Johnson urges U.S. President Trump to lift whisky tariffs
Topics: BORIS JOHNSON U.S. TRUMP WHISKY
The two leaders discussed the future of US trade policy during a phone call on Tuesday evening.
A Downing Street spokesman said: "The prime minister urged the president to lift tariffs on goods including Scotch whisky, and ahead of a US decision on additional tariffs urged him not to impose tariffs on car exports."
Last month, the chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, Karen Betts, said the imposition of a 25% tariff was "bad news" for the industry.
The US imposed the tariffs on GBP6.1 billion of EU exports in retaliation to the bloc's illegal subsidies to plane-maker Airbus.
It is estimated America represents 10.8% of the global volume of Scotch whisky and 22% of global value.
The SWA says the industry could lose as much as 20% of its sales to the US, currently worth GBP1 billion euros in the next 12 months. ■