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Yorkshire Coast Whisky to Avoid US Tariff Increase

Yorkshire Coast Whisky to Avoid US Tariff Increase

Published by Matthew Pells at 4:42pm 15th October 2019.

A Single Malt Whisky produced on the Yorkshire Coast will not be affected by a 25% import tariff being imposed by the US this week according to local MP, Kevin Hollinrake.

The US Government announced earlier in the month that single malt Scotch whisky imported into the United States will face a tariff of 25% from this Friday (Oct 18th). The new tax is part of a US retaliation to EU subsidies given to aircraft maker Airbus.

Filey MP, Kevin Hollinrake says he has now established that the retaliatory tariffs will not apply to Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky, the Spirit of Yorkshire’s Filey Bay, which is distilled in Hunmanby.

Mr Hollinrake asked a question in a House of Commons debate on US whisky tariffs where the Minister promised that the Government will protect and promote whisky produced in all parts of the United Kingdom.

Mr Hollinrake highlighted the fact that not all whisky is Scotch and can instead be distilled elsewhere as it now is in Hunmanby. He asked that whisky producers, regardless of whether they are in Scotland or Yorkshire, be supported when faced with sudden costs thanks to retaliatory tariffs.

The Filey MP says that fortunately for local business, Spirit of Yorkshire, WTO tariff codes categorise Irish and Scotch separately to other whiskies and so the forthcoming tariffs will only apply to Scottish and Irish whiskies and not whisky produced in other areas of the United Kingdom such as North Yorkshire.

Kevin said

“Last week, I launched my campaign to lower wine duties and have previously celebrated the innovative work of breweries and gin distilleries operating in my constituency. Now I am able to confirm that US retaliatory tariffs will not apply to North Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky. The launch last week of Filey Bay is a cause for celebration. It is another fine example of a small independent local business investing in the region. Single malt producers are often small and medium-sized companies and it is great to see the Spirit of Yorkshire set up shop in the area. Locals are able to visit the distillery to learn how whisky is produced; even the main ingredient, barley, is grown on the family farm, Hunmanby Grange, with water taken from the farm’s own borehole.”

Spirit of Yorkshire MD and co-founder, David Thompson, said

“I am grateful to my MP for raising this issue in the House of Commons. Filey Bay is unique. Not only is it Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky, but we are one of only a handful of whisky makers in the UK that have a full field to bottle process. Every bottle of Filey Bay represents the passion and dedication of everyone involved. You only get to release the county’s first whisky once and we’re thrilled to now share it with customers old and new”.

Last year, British consumers bought almost 90 million bottles of whisky and this figure is estimated to grow as blended whisky drinkers continue to ‘trade up’ to single malts. In 2018, whisky exports grew by 7.8 per cent by value to £4.7 billion and exports of single malts rose by 11.3 per cent to £1.3 billion.

 

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