US whisky tariff suspension welcomed

Glen Scotia Distillery manager Iain McAlister says the Grand Tour will allow whisky lovers to experience Campbeltown. NO_c09glenscotia01
Glen Scotia Distillery manager Iain McAlister.

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The manager of one of Campbeltown’s three remaining whisky distilleries has welcomed news of a four-month suspension of the 25 per cent tariffs on the export of single malt whisky to the United States.

Iain McAlister, master distiller and distillery manager at Glen Scotia Distillery, told the Courier: ‘The US market for Glen Scotia had suffered over the last year, specifically due to the import taxes. It put increased pressure on a highly taxed commodity.

‘The relaxation of this tax is good for Glen Scotia and indeed the wider whisky industry, allowing extra capital from sales and tax relief to be invested in a number of different ways, including staff and the wider business, so it’s a little welcome news for a change.’

News of the temporary suspension of tariffs on UK goods, which also include cheese, cashmere and machinery, was announced on Thursday March 4.

The 25 per cent tariffs were introduced in 2019 by then US president Donald Trump as part of a 16-year trade dispute over state support for aerospace rivals Boeing and Airbus.