Scottish whisky caught up in US tariffs

The U.S. has announced plans to impose tariffs on up to $4bn (£3.2bn) on EU imports.

The products include meat, cheese, olives and pasta, along with Scottish whisky.

It is not known when tariffs would be imposed.

The tariffs are part of a 15-year dispute at the World Trade Organization between the U.S. and EU over subsidies given to plane-makers Airbus, from Europe, and the US’s Boeing.

U.S. industry groups voiced opposition to the tariffs, stating that U.S. producers and consumers were already suffering as a result of retaliatory tariffs.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said: “U.S. companies – from farmers, to suppliers to retailers – are already being negatively impacted by the imposition of retaliatory tariffs by key trading partners on certain U.S. distilled spirits resulting from other trade disputes.”

The EU has a similar pending WTO case against Boeing. It published a preliminary list of U.S. goods for retaliatory tariffs in April, worth $12bn (£9.5bn). The EU’s target products focus on agriculture from areas that strengthen Trump’s political base.

Other targeted U.S. products include ketchup, nuts, bicycle pedals, and games consoles.

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