Scotch Whisky Export Growth Bolsters British Economy
05 Nov 2010
Global shipments between January-June 2010 were valued at
£1.47bn, up 17% on the first half of 2009, as Scotch Whisky showed
the way towards export-led economic recovery.
Amongst the top ten markets, shipments to countries such as
South Africa (+44%), the USA (+34%) and France (+6%) increased in
value. Tough economic conditions in Greece, however, resulted in
lower exports (-9%).
Single Malt Scotch Whisky exports rose by 31% (to £242m), with
Blended Scotch Whisky shipments also up 9% (to £1.1bn), compared to
the first half of 2009. New figures revealed for the first time the
strength of Blended Malt Scotch Whisky exports, which were valued
The global volume of Scotch Whisky shipments rose by 3%, with
the equivalent of 477m bottles exported.
Gavin Hewitt, SWA Chief Executive, said:
"Scotch Whisky distillers continue quietly and consistently to
deliver impressive exports in many markets.
"The industry welcomes the UK Coalition Government's commitment
to support exports. With a Trade White Paper being developed, fair
market access for Scotch Whisky must be a priority.
"We also look to the UK Government to create a domestic business
environment which supports exporters. Bold reform is needed at home
to introduce a fair and socially responsible UK excise duty system,
which also secures revenue to address the deficit.
"Taxing all alcohol on the same basis according to alcohol content
would achieve these objectives. It would send out an important
message to administrations in our export markets which would
support Scotch Whisky's global competitiveness."