Single Malt Exports To US Down By Up To Five Million Litres After Tariffs



Peter Walker |

Tariffs on whisky imposed by the US as part of a trade row resulted in up to five million litres less of single malt being sent there over the course of a year, according to the Scottish Government.

A new paper has suggested that single malt exports to the US decreased by between 9.5% and 19.6% over the period between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the fourth quarter of 2020 – causing a reduction of between one and two million litres of pure alcohol.

With single malt typically having an alcohol content of 40%, that means between 2.5 million and 5.1 million fewer litres were sold to the American market over this period, it calculated.

Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said the research showed the “significant impact” that the tariffs had – arguing as a result that the Scottish Government should have a “meaningful role” in future UK trade discussions going forward.

The US Government had imposed a 25% tariff on single malt Scotch whisky imports from the UK in October 2019 – with this remaining in place until June 2021.

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