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Keith Nuthall

Articles by Keith Nuthall

China and the US have been involved in an escalating tariff battleBeer, whiskey in firing line as China ramps up tariffs on US beverages - full list 27 August 2019

China has revealed the latests tariffs imposed on US drinks, with a 10% additional duty going on Tequila, vodka, rum and beer and a 5% levy on whiskey.


The EU wants to make GIs easier to search forEuropean Union unifies geographical indications database 9 August 2019

The European Union has combined the registration platforms for wine and spirits geographical indications (GIs).


The European Union's deal with the Mercosur trading bloc is likely to take up to 12 years to be ratifiedEuropean Union, Mercosur trade agreement opens South American doors for soft drinks, spirits & wine companies 2 July 2019

The agreement of a trade deal between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur trading area will open up the markets of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to drinks exporters in the EU.


New regulations on yeast content in India could limit offerings from some craft brewers in the countryNew yeast rules put squeeze on India's craft brewers 25 February 2019

A tightening of regulations on the permissible yeast content in beer is causing concern among craft brewers in India.


Presidents Trump and Xi have gone head to head on tariffs imposed by the US on, among others, ChinaGlobal tariff row rumbles on as settlement panels to be put in place 23 November 2018

A range of settlement panels will be set up by the World Trade Organization to resolve the trade war between the US and several other nations that has caused sleepless nights for many drinks companies


Yesterday's transition agreement between the UK and the European Union offers hope for Europe's wine exporters to the countryWithdrawal agreement bodes well for GI protection as UK approaches EU exit 15 November 2018

Europe's wine and spirits exporters will be able to rely on their geographical indication protections within the UK, even after the country's departure from the European Union next year.


Global trade war comes to drinks next week, China, US confirm tariff hikes 19 September 2018

The trade row between the US and China is set to spread to the countries' drinks producers next week, with both nations confirming increases in the tariffs on each other's drinks exports.


Canada's wine row with Australia rumbles on as disputes panel demand goes unheard 31 August 2018

Canada is resisting attempts by Australia to set up a WTO disputes panel in the countries' row over perceived wine trading restrictions n the North American country.


Under the proposals from the European Commission, the abv of lower-alcohol beer, which qualifies for reduced excise rates, will rise from 2.8% to 3.5%European Union excise proposals "fail to address distortion" - SpiritsEurope 29 May 2018

The European Commission has announced its proposals for reforms of the rules on excise duty for alcohol in the European Union, drawing the ire of spirits producers in the region.


Presidents Trump and Xi met in China late last yearChina readies retaliatory duties on US wine exports as tariff row escalates 23 March 2018

China's Ministry of Commerce has warned that it is prepared to impose retaliatory 15% duties on wine exports from the US, retaliating to the latter's imposition of 25% and 10% duties on imported steel and aluminium, respectively.




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