Scotland Office Minister David Mundell has said that Scotland’s “big voice in the EU” helped bring about an important trade deal with Colombia and Peru which will see tariffs scrapped on Scotch sales to these countries.
Speaking to the Scotch Whisky Association in London, Mr Mundell said the European Parliament vote earlier today highlighted the benefits of the UK Government standing up for Scotland’s products around the world.
David Mundell said:
“Our timing in gathering here this evening could not have been better. This morning the European Parliament voted on an important trade deal with Colombia and Peru, a deal which will scrap tariffs on Scotch sales to these countries. Deals backed by the UK Government.
“This is great news for the Scotch Whisky industry and helps one of Scotland’s greatest exports reach even more high growth markets.
“This deal will see the tariffs in both countries for whisky completely scrapped, from 20% (in Colombia) and 9% (in Peru) to zero over the next decade or so.
“This could mean a multi million pound boost to Scotch exports.
“It is also shows that Scotland benefits from having a big voice in the EU and a UK Government standing up for Scotland’s products around the world.
“Being part of the UK opens doors for Scotland and Scottish business in every corner of the globe.”