TORONTO, November 21, 2020 / CNW / – Spirits Canada welcomes today’s announcement of a Canada – UK Continuity of Trade Agreement (TCA).
“It is essential for From Canada agriculture and agri-food exporters must retain the market access benefits gained for the UK market under CETA after this country left the EU under BREXIT “, said Jan Westcott, President and CEO of Spirits Canada. ”
the Canada – UK TCA ensures the continuity of Canada– Rules of the European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on market access for wines and spirits until a bilateral agreement is concluded Canada and UK can be finalized.
In addition to maintaining duty-free access for all spirits entering either market, under the agreement, Canadian whiskey and Canadian rye whiskey are recognized and protected as ‘geographical indications (GI) of Canada. Similar GI protection is also provided for Scotch whiskey, Irish whiskey and Irish cream produced in the UK.
“We urge trade negotiators on both sides to lift a whiskey dram (Canada prefers, but scotch or Irish is acceptable) to celebrate the current transitional deal, but we are quickly re-engaging to strike a free deal. -full bilateral exchange, ”added Westcott. “Canadian Spirits Manufacturers Express Their Deep Gratitude From Canada Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, the Honorable Mary Ng, From Canada Chief Negotiator, M., Doug Forsyth and From Canada Chief Agriculture Negotiator, Mr. Aaron Fowler and their expert teams to secure this transitional agreement and provide the stability and predictability needed to continue growing Canadian spirits exports in the UK. ”
Spirits Canada is the only national trade organization representing the interests of Canadian spirits manufacturers, importers and exporters. The value of Canadian spirits imported by the UK last year exceeded $ 3.3 million, accounting for over 85% of the value of all Canadian imports of alcoholic beverages to the UK.
SOURCE Spirits Canada
For further information: Mr. Jan H. Westcott, President and CEO, Spirits Canada, Tel: 416 707 8851