UK: SWA wants EU to intervene on Indian tax row

By Sarah Diston | 20 April 2001

Just weeks after India lifted its long-term ban on the import of bottled spirits (April 1st) the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is urging the European Commission (EU) to meet with Indian officials after it identified at least five breaches of World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements. Under its WTO commitments, the Indian government should reduce the tariff on spirits from 222% to 198% by July. But the SWA claims that so far, there has been no indication that this will happen. And in a statement it said that the government has instead slapped an additional duty on imported spirits, which will increase the total fiscal burden to a massive 706% on less expensive spirits and 464% on more expensive brands.

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Just weeks after India lifted its long-term ban on the import of bottled spirits (April 1st) the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is urging the European Commission (EU) to meet with Indian officials after it identified at least five breaches of World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements. Under its WTO commitments, the Indian government should reduce the tariff on spirits from 222% to 198% by July. But the SWA claims that so far, there has been no indication that this will happen. And in a statement it said that the government has instead slapped an additional duty on imported spirits, which will increase the total fiscal burden to a massive 706% on less expensive spirits and 464% on more expensive brands.

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