SWA welcomes US-UK spirits agreement
05 Feb 2019
The Scotch Whisky Association has welcomed the US-UK
Spirits Agreement which will protect Scotch Whisky, and other
whiskies, in the UK and US markets post-Brexit.
The U.S.-UK agreement on the mutual recognition of certain
distilled spirits will continue the recognition of Scotch Whisky,
Irish whiskey, Tennessee whisky and Bourbon whisky in bilateral
trade following the UK's exit from the EU. The agreement replicates
an Exchange of Letters in 1994, between the then EC and the US, on
the mutual recognition of certain distilled spirits and spirit
The United States was the top export market for Scotch Whisky by
value in 2017, totalling £922m.
Commenting on the agreement, SWA International Director
Sarah Dickson said:
"This agreement is good news for Scotland's national drink,
giving Scotch Whisky continued legal recognition in our largest
"Scotch Whisky already enjoys legal protection in the US Federal
Code, but this agreement mirrors the protection currently offered
under the US-EU agreement and secures the continued recognition of
all UK and US whiskies.
"This will give US consumers the confidence that after Brexit
the Scotch Whisky they enjoy is distilled and matured in Scotland
in accordance with UK law.
"Whatever challenges Brexit presents, the SWA will continue to
take action all over the world to stop the sale of fake and
counterfeit products that unfairly take advantage of the quality
and reputation of Scotch Whisky."
Find out more on the agreement