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Keith Nuthall

Articles by Keith Nuthall

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.

The European Union and the US are edging closer to a tit-for-tat trade rowAmerican whiskey earmarked for EU duties retaliation 19 March 2018

The European Commission has taken a step closer to confirming the worst fears of US whiskey companies, including the category in a list of products that could be hit by increased tariffs should the EU's trade row with the US escalate.

Australia is pushing for a liberalisation of Canada's trading restrictions on imported wineAustralia calls in WTO over Canada wine restrictions 17 January 2018

Australia is taking Canada to the World Trade Organisation in an attempt to liberalise wine trading restrictions in four of Canada’s provinces.

The European Union drinks duty reform consultation closes on 7 JulyEuropean Commission calls on drinks industry to comment on duty changes 20 April 2017

The European Commission has invited drinks companies to offer their views on how the European Union might reform its excise duty rules.

Amstel is one of the Heineken brands that the new Georgian factory will brewHeineken gets Georgia boost with new brewery for licensed production 17 January 2017

Global Beer Georgia has secured a near-US$20m loan to build a brewery in the country that will produce Heineken brands under licence.

The European Commission wants to bring all smaller drinks companies into line when it comes to excise dutyEuropean Commission calls for wine parity in reduced duty rates across European Union 1 November 2016

European Union (EU) member states should be permitted to levy reduced rates of excise duty on smaller producers of all alcoholic drinks, including wine, according to the European Commission.

Colombia levies a lower tax rate on spirits with an abv of 35% and belowEuropean Union attacks Colombia over imported spirits tax rate 25 August 2016

The European Union (EU) has called on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to establish a disputes panel to consider its claim that Colombia is breaking global trade rules over the country's alleged "discriminatory treatment" of imported spirits.

The European Union includes discussions on Geographic Indication in its trade negotiationsUK drinks producers chase GI maintenance following European Union departure 23 August 2016

Several alcoholic drinks producers in the UK have voiced concern about the possible loss of Geographical Indication status for their products, once the country leaves the European Union.

The UK has voted to leave the European UnionWhat does Brexit mean for the drinks industry? - Analysis 24 June 2016

The UK's vote yesterday (June 23) to quit the European Union (EU) creates deep uncertainty, not only over the shape of future food and drink regulations in the country itself, but also export market access for companies operating in the UK or those outside the country looking to import in.

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