Global Affairs

The SWA works to ensure Scotch Whisky has fair access to all markets worldwide.

Scotch Whisky is the world's number one internationally traded spirit drink - last year exports were worth £3.95 billion.

With 90% of production exported to around 200 countries, the modern Scotch Whisky industry depends critically on access to overseas markets.

The Association's unique selling point is its close working relationship with the UK and Scottish Governments, the EU Commission and the World Trade Organisation to ensure fair access for Scotch Whisky.

We work to open markets where they are restricted or closed and to deal with market access problems as they arise.

Increasingly, this is not just a question of tariffs and taxed but of a wide range of behind-the-border rules, often justified on health or social grounds, that can discriminate in practice against our product.