The United States' Distilled Spirits Council has congratulated the US Congress for approving the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) for opening central American markets to USA spirit exports.


Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua) and the Dominican Republic will immediately abolish tariffs on US-produced whiskey and gin.


Honduras will immediately eliminate its 15% tariff on liqueurs, and the Dominicans will scrap duties on American whiskies, specifically Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey.


Other spirits tariffs will disappear over 15 years.