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The European Commission has dropped plans to launch a World Trade Organisation (WTO) complaint against Uruguay, after the South American country agreed to lower duty tax on imported spirits.

In the past, Uruguay divided spirits into duty categories, with European Union (EU) exports in the highest tax category. A new simple system varies taxes by market prices.

The Commission said today (5 October) that Scotch whisky export volumes and value to Uruguay have increased by more than 30% since the new system has come into force.

EU trade commissioner Catherine Ashton said: "I am delighted that we have solved this issue without having to resort to WTO litigation."

She added Uruguay has scrapped a rule preventing whiskies matured for three or more years from attracting the lowest tax rates. All EU whiskies are matured for longer than three years.


Sectors: Spirits

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