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Bourbon makers on Sunday demanded the United Kingdom end its 25 percent tariff on imported American whiskeys after the United States and Europe agreed a day earlier to get rid of a series of tit-for-tat tariffs.

They asked President Biden to raise the issue with Boris Johnson during his visit to Scotland for the COP26 climate summit.

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We urge the Prime Minister and President Biden to discuss this issue, in person in Scotland next week, ” said the Bourbon Alliance, which represents some of the best-known brands, including Makers Mark, Jim Beam and Jack Daniels, as well. . like British bars and importers.

“The announcement in the EU sets a precedent for a UK resolution and we desperately need to see the rapid removal of the fee in the UK and urgent support for the hospitality sector that is now being left behind.”

Biden is scheduled to fly to Edinburgh on Monday morning.

The ‘rebalancing tax’ on American bourbon and whiskeys was introduced in 2018 in a row between Washington and Europe on steel and aluminum.

Europe imposed a 25 percent tariff on American whiskey imports as part of retaliatory measures against the Trump administration. The EU announced that it would remove them on Saturday. But it leaves the UK tariffs in place, as it is no longer part of the bloc.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States says the tariffs caused a drop in imports of Bourbon into the United Kingdom of 53 percent.

But American whiskeys were just collateral damage.

The Trump administration imposed taxes on EU steel and aluminum in 2018 because it said they were a threat to the national security of the United States.

Europe responded with counterattacks on everything from American-made motorcycles to peanut butter, jeans and whiskey.

On Saturday, US officials announced that the dispute had been resolved.

They said that controls on aluminum and steel would not be completely removed, but a certain amount would be allowed in the United States without tariffs.

In return, Europe said it would lift its retaliatory tariffs.

That leaves the UK. It was part of the EU. when the tariffs were imposed, but it is no longer part of the trade bloc after Brexit.

Martha Dalton, co-founder of the Bourbon Alliance, welcomed the European agreement.

“The UK must now focus on reaching a similar resolution, working with colleagues in the US to finally remove the tariff that continues to cuase such disruption to the UK economy,” she said.

“When the UK left the Customs Union, we were promised the freedom to establish an independent trade policy – the time has come to seize the opportunities of Brexit and cut tariffs forever.”

Removing the tariff on American whiskey imports would allow venues to fully restock their bars for the first time since the dispute began in 2018, he said.

The Executive Director of the Wine and Spirits Trade Association, Miles Beale, said: “It is good news that the US and the EU have made such significant progress in the steel and aluminum dispute and have brought out US whiskey producers from the front line of tariffs.

“The UK must now capitalize on this momentum without delay, suspend tariffs and work quickly with the US to resolve the dispute.

“At a time when the economy is recovering from an ongoing lockdown, it is vital that we act to support our UK spirits importers and the hotel sector, which has been hit hard.”

Quick Facts

  • The Bourbon Alliance on Sunday called on Biden to raise the issue of tariffs with Johnson when they meet
  • Biden is due to arrive in the UK on Monday for UN climate summit
  • He confirmed that the US had reached a deal with the EU to end Trump-era duty
  • Imports of whiskey to the EU had been hit with a 25 percent tariff in 2018
  • But tariffs remain in place on imports to UK after London left the trade bloc
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